Food Lion Feeds believes no one should ever have to choose between dinner and rent, but in Hillsville, Va., many food pantry clients risked losing their source of food as the Carroll County Ministerial Association Food Pantry of First Methodist Church in Hillsville runs out of food.
With the threat of the Pantry closing, Office Coordinator Rita Bolen knew she had to act quickly to save the only food resource available for many in Hillsville. So, she reached out to Food Lion for help.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10 Food Lion associates were eager to do all they could to keep the pantry from closing. That morning they got to work stocking the Pantry's shelves with more than eleven-thousand meals including products like chicken nuggets, canned vegetables, whole potatoes, chicken noodle soup, macaroni and cheese, chili and canned tuna.
"Before this donation, our pantry, that has been serving our community for years, was in danger of closing," said Bolen. "We were simply relying on God to provide. We are so grateful for how this will provide for our community."
Because of this donation, the Pantry will continue to provide boxes of food for more than 800 local residents struggling with hunger. The Pantry is open two days a week and relies solely on food donations, monetary donations and time provided by local volunteers.
"At least 2,400 families will have meals to eat over the next few months and will not have to worry about where their next meal will come from," said Brian Cowan, Food Lion director of operations. "Our associates who volunteered at the event were proud to assist and humbled by the opportunity."
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