When the Triad Food Pantry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in High Point, N.C., opened its doors in 1996, it helped feed about 20 families every month.
Fast forward 20 years to 2016.
Now, the food pantry has grown to serve over 500 households every month, helping to further alleviate hunger in the High Point, N.C.,-area.
How does that growth happen?
The formula is simple: through a lot of hard work and some great partnerships with the community.
The hard work and community partnerships converged over the last two days, as area Food Lion associates helped remodel the food pantry as part of Food Lion Feeds' "The Great Pantry Makeover" initiative, taking place throughout the month of September.
Coinciding with Hunger Action Month, The Great Pantry Makeover consists of Food Lion associates remodeling 30 food pantries in 30 days across our 10-state foot print, with the goal of enabling these tremendous feeding agencies to do even more good in the communities we both serve.
The effort at Triad Food Pantry consisted of repainting the inside of the facility, building new shelving units to stock more food, and then the best part, stocking those new shelves with over 11,000 meals of donated food from Food Lion Feeds.
"We could not serve as many families as we do without the tremendous help from our Food Lion stores," said Pantry Director Jo Williams. "Thanks to the wonderful partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and Food Lion, our church continues to feed the community."
That's what it's all about, and we look forward to working with Jo and the High Point community to feed the High Point community for the next 20 years to come.
Keep up with the rest of our pantry makeovers by checking back here on our Lion's Tale blog throughout the month of September!