It's not often that Carol Demers gets to witness a truckload of non-perishable food being donated to the United Methodist Church's Jubilee Project food pantry in the rugged mountains of Sneedville, Tenn.
"Gosh, we haven't had cereal as a donation to the pantry since March of this year," Demers said while looking at the food freshly stocked by Food Lion associates in Sneedville, Tenn., early Monday.
Sneedville, which is part of Hancock County, Tenn., is among the worst counties in Tennessee for health outcomes, according to local statistics. Food insecurity contributes to those health concerns. Hancock County is the second poorest county in Tennessee.
"We are grateful for Food Lion's donation today," said Rev. Marta M. Cogburn, director of the Jubilee Project. "You have helped us to do a lot more today to reduce hunger among our neighbors here in Hancock County.
Food Lion Feeds donated more than 20,000 meals to the church so that they could distribute it to families facing food insecurity issues in the county. More than 20 Food Lion associates from nearby store locations (S1497, S0308, S1493 & S0218) unloaded cases of tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned collard greens, peas, potatoes, beef stew, corn flakes and loads of other non-perishable items. The volunteers spent almost two hours unloading and stocking the church's pantry so they could get it ready to distribute to those in need. Church members will start distributing the food this week.
But the event didn't just touch church members; it also had a special meaning to the Food Lion associates who volunteered.
"I have been working with the company for 18 years and I can say that I am proud of the way we are showing up more and helping our communities, said as SM 1497 David Derrick. "It's just great for Food Lion associates to see Food Lion Feeds come to life here in Sneedville, Tenn."
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