Tyler Shores was surprised at the amount of frozen food that Food Lion associates unloaded and packed in Lee University's Leonard Center freezers on Tuesday.
"This is probably the largest donation that we have seen here, especially from Food Lion," Shores said. Shores is the special projects managers of the Leonard Center at the school.
Approximately 10 Food Lion associates worked for 45 minutes to unload and unbox more than 3,000 meals of frozen product and other food all to help students at the school who are not on a meal plan who are suffering from food insecurity issues.
Miguel, an upperclassman at the school, said that he was very thankful for the food and to be able to help unload the truck Tuesday. Miguel has used the center as a resource to get food while he focuses on his studies.
William Lamb, Director of the Leonard Center, said Tuesday's donation is a huge impact not just for the college campus, but for the city of Cleveland, Tenn.
"Today's donation raises the bar for us as we try to help our students and some people in community," Lamb said.
Food Lion Feeds purchased two new freezers for the university and also donated frozen product to fill them. He said it was the largest corporate donation the center has received thus far.
Food Lion Store Manager Chris Hicks said it was rewarding to be able to help local students.
"It's great to get out of the store and see the large impact that Food Lion Feeds is making right here in our community."
All of Tuesday's volunteers came from his store, Store 941 in Cleveland, Tenn.
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