On Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 Food Lion associates proved that when a few gather together a big change can be made, and in a state where 35% of hungry families have to choose between food and paying their rent, they knew they had to act fast.
In just 20 minutes, Food Lion associates unloaded perishable food items such as meatballs, bologna and chicken breast into the new industrial freezers and refrigerators at St. Paul Church of Murfreesboro. Shortly after, they helped the church prepare bags full of food that will be distributed to the church's clients next week.
"The importance of this donation from Food Lion is very significant," said Melvin Ingram, reverend of St. Paul Church of Murfreesboro. "It allows us to better serve our community, because the new freezers allow us to serve more food and the insulated building keeps our food and clients safe."
This $5,000 donation was part of Food Lion's Great Pantry Makeover event and provided paint, industrial freezers and refrigerators, new flooring and roofing, landscaping, as well as food to restock the pantry. During the month of September, Hunger Action Month, Food Lion has committed to renovate and stock more than 30 pantries in its 10-state footprint.
St. Paul Church of Murfreesboro was nominated for this makeover by the Food Bank of Albemarle, because the church's food pantry plays such a critical role in their community.
"This is a terrific project," said Liz Reasoner, Food Bank of Albemarle executive director. "This partnership is going to leave a lasting legacy throughout the community for many years to come."
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