Preparing to send kids back to school can be a stressful time of the year for any family, especially for families that find themselves in need of everyday essentials like food and healthcare. Thankfully for East Charlotte, N.C., families, there are organizations like Camino Community Center that are there to help.
"We've had people come to our pantry and they have not had anything to eat in two days. The population we serve is so vulnerable. Weekly, they must decide between food, medicine, and electricity," said Rusty Price, Founder of Camino Community Center.
Camino Community Center provides comprehensive and multicultural health and wellness services to low-income families in the Charlotte area. The Center held its' 13th Annual Back to School Children's Health Fair on July 29 - the largest health event in Charlotte Mecklenburg County. Families came out early Saturday morning for free health screenings and school supplies.
Food Lion Feeds was there to provide six hundred bags of nutritious food to event attendees. Food Lion associate volunteers packed and distributed reusable grocery bags filled with fresh and packaged food for three hundred families.
"It's great to work for a company that is actually doing something good in the community; it feels good to give back," shared an associate volunteer from the Food Lion store at 3009 The Plaza in Charlotte.
"A big thank you to Food Lion! Food Lion has roared this weekend and helped so many families," said Price.
At Food Lion we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent. We're thankful for the opportunity to join with Camino Community Center in nurturing our community and helping kids have a healthy start to a new school year, so they can focus on learning and not where their next meal will come from.