At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent. We also believe no student should enter a classroom hungry. To continue our mission to provide 500 million meals by 2020, Food Lion Feeds sent students in Virginia back to school with full pantries during two donation events held Thursday, Aug. 28 and Friday, Aug. 29.
The first donation to AID NOW took place at Larkspur Middle School on Aug. 28 in Virginia Beach, Va., as Food Lion associates distributed food and school supplies to homeless students, and their families, who are struggling with hunger. By the end of the event, Food Lion associates were able to give bags of food to more than 400 students.
Before the distribution, Food Lion associates gathered early that morning to personally pack the bags students would receive later that day.
To keep the back-to-school momentum going, Food Lion Feeds held another event the next day at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va. At VCU, students are entering their second year of the student-run food bank, RamPantry. Their food bank was established to ensure food security to students and faculty at the school.
To celebrate their two year milestone, Food Lion Feeds wanted to let students know they can count on Food Lion to support them and help end hunger across campus by restocking the student pantry with shelf-stable food items.
"With Food Lion's generous donation, RamPantry is well positioned to provide emergency food to VCU students during the fall 2015 semester," said Terrence Walker, student affairs advisor at VCU. "Reducing food insecurity among college students improves student academic performance and increases student graduation rates. Thanks Food Lion for making a difference in our community."
To learn more about Food Lion Feeds, visit FoodLion.com/feeds.
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