Without free and reduced meals available from school, many students face hunger every day when they leave school in the afternoon and on the weekend. Food Lion Feeds believes this is something no child should have to face. They also believe no parent should have to forego a meal for themselves to feed their children.
That's why, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, nine Food Lion associates came together to help fill children's stomachs by filling bags of food through the "Snack Sak" program at the Southern Maryland Food Bank.
Since 2012, the number of students receiving bags of food has doubled from 60 to 120 and this donation was able to provide for every child receiving food through the program.
"I cannot say how thankful I am for our partnership with Food Lion," said Brenda DiCarlo, director of the Southern Maryland Food Bank. "The food donation was an incredible gift to us, but having the associates come really brought its meaning to an even more special level."
Food Lion Feeds provided many products including juice boxes, fruit, peanut butter crackers, cereal, canned tuna and a variety of other items.
"This donation was extremely impactful for our associates," said Michael Thompson, execution and implementation specialist at Food Lion. "It is so important for us to help those in our community who are struggling with hunger and let them know they can count on Food Lion every day when they are in need."