Sometimes, when opportunities knock, one team can take a step back to see the big picture quickly and truly make a difference to a community. Food Lion Feeds recently had this experience, when, a couple weeks ago, a request came in from Camino Community Center in Charlotte, N.C., asking Food Lion to provide food for their health fair, which was only a couple weeks away. This Health and Wellness Fair has been in exsistence for 10 years and this would be a new componet to their event, which draws between 4,000 and 5,000 families and children each year.
Camino Communty Center serves a prodominately Hispanic community in a variety of services by providing the families with contacts and service providers to prepare the children for the start of the school year.
Seeing the need, Food Lion Feeds jumped into action, procuring healthy fresh foods such as potatoes, carrots, onions and a bag of apples, along with shelf stable products like peanut butter, oatmeal, soup and pinto beans to help feed a community in need. In total, the food donated would provide more than 9,500 meals for the community.
To make the donation event a success, the Food Lion Feeds teams reached out to Food Lion Director of Operations for Charlotte, N.C., Pat Calhoun, who quickly gathered a team to meet on Friday, July 24, at the Community Center location in Charlotte to pack 1,000 bags of food in just under 3 and a half hours! Huge thanks must be given to this hard working packing team, who worked hard, fast and furious to get ready for the donation the next day on Sat., July 25.
Pastor Rusty Price and Director Wendy Pascaul were thrilled with the generousity and quick response from Food Lion to their request for help.
"Food Lion donated 1,000 bags of groceries and they were here packing up all day yesterday to pack up the bags," said Pastor Price. "They have been here all day today too, and this is great because kids need to be healthy as they go back to school."
Needless to say, the health fair was a huge success as 500 families received food on Saturday, along with an additional 50 families receiving Food Lion gift cards to help stretch their grocery money, proving the power of one team can help an entire community.
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