Food Lion truly is solving hunger this September, transforming one pantry at time.
On Friday, more than 10 Food Lion associates in the Tennessee North region armed with yellow Food Lion Feeds "Great Pantry Makeover" t-shirts volunteered their time and hearts to help out hundreds of Glasgow, Ky., residents dealing with hunger insecurity issues. Glasgow, Ky., which is in Barren County, Ky., where almost 17 percent of their population are food insecure.
"This is just a godsend," said Esther Ballard, who is a member of Glasgow First Church of the Nazarene. "We were running real low on food and this is just a miracle."
Friday's event not only generated buzz among local residents. Representatives WBKO – TV Channel 13 out of nearby city of Bowling Green, Ky., and Feeding America of Kentucky's Heartland all came out to join in the work to help promote the pantry makeover work.
The church only had about 20 canned goods and 10 jars of peanut butter before Food Lion's massive donation of more than 100 cases of product. Retail associates worked during the morning restocking the small pantry and then put the rest of the product in an extra room so the church can meet their monthly distributions.
"As a store manager and associate today's event just opens our eyes to the need here in Glasgow, Ky.," said Store 492 Manager Toby Pentecost. "It's good for us to have a chance to give back because a lot of people who will receive this, I see in my store everyday."
Residents say this donation was "right on time" and meaningful, especially since Food Lion is one of the main grocery stores in the Kentucky town famous for the Highland Games competition.
"This is the most food we have ever received at one time," said church pantry volunteer Lori Hagen. "This is truly a blessing."
Food Lion associates will continue on to help makeover and fill more than 30 more pantries during the rest of the month as part of Food Lion Feeds "The Great Pantry Makeover" initiative.
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