Every day, we hear many stories in the news. But there's a story in Newport News, Va., you may not have heard.
78,000 people go hungry each day in Virginia alone. Among them are mothers, fathers, children, seniors and veterans who aren't just facing hunger one or twice per year, but are faced with the tough choice between paying bills and buying groceries every single day.
"It’s so important to help people realize that the picture of hunger really doesn’t have a common face," said Katie Patrick, agency services director at Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. "It could be a grandparent choosing between food and medicine, a working family struggling to make ends meet, a disabled veteran fighting to make their benefits stretch to include nutritious food or the homeless, who don’t know where their next hot meal will come from."
That's why Food Lion partnered with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank to "make over" The Needs Network Food Pantry and give its clients a renovated area to receive for food, just like they would in a grocery store.
Before the renovation, the pantry was stocked high with unusable items making it extremely difficult for clients to find the food they needed. So, the Great Pantry Makeover Team went to work to unclutter and clean the space before installing five large shelves, a new deep freezer and creating aisles to help clients find products with ease.
"We were so excited when we found out we were nominated for The Great Pantry Makeover," said Kim Hornbaker, The Needs Network general manager. "No one has ever done anything for us like this before. We want to help people and purchase food but our resources have been so limited. We couldn't do what we do without Food Lion!"