Food Lion and Charlotte-area students are on track to reach a historic goal by providing 1 million meals to hungry families through the Seventh Annual Student Hunger Drive.
Students, Food Lion associates and Second Harvest Food Bamk of Metrolina staff kicked off the six-week food collection event Monday, Oct. 3, at the food bank located on Spratt Street in Charlotte.
"This year because of all of your hard work in the past seven years, we believe that we will be able to reach the 1 million pound goal of food donations," said food bank executive director and CEO Kay Carter.
Pat Eyer, Food Lion's Execution and Implementation for the Charlotte area told a crowd of more than 300 students that the company is excited to work with the student to provide food for customers and families who need it most.
"Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry," Eyer said. "By the end of 2020, the company has pledged to provide 500 million meals to families in need in its local communities."
Food Lion Feeds is the presenting sponsor for the seventh annual Carolinas Student Hunger Drive which runs from October 3 to November 14. During this six-week period students from local high schools expect to collect 1 million pounds of food for food insecure families in the region.
In addition to serving as the presenting sponsor, Food Lion will support the “The Food Lion MVP Award,” to be given to the student who exemplifies extraordinary leadership during the campaign. The winning student will be someone who goes above and beyond in planning, executing and promoting the mission of the Carolinas Student Hunger Drive on their campus and in the surrounding community. In addition to the recognition, the selected student will receive a $500 scholarship.
The Charlotte-based Carolinas Student Hunger Drive was founded in 2010 and has already collected nearly 800,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and its regional food pantry partners, providing more than 530,000 meals for hungry children and families in our community.