Food always makes kids happy.
School? Not so much.
So Food Lion joined with Lexington City Schools in Lexington, N.C., this week to help kick off the new school year by offering students a lunch bag filled with food to fuel their stomachs and their minds as they begin the new school year.
About 200 students took home Food Lion lunch bags full of fruit cups, soup, canned spaghetti, crackers, granola bars, an apple, bag of chips and refreshing bottled water. Food Lion associates from Lexington-area schools were on hand to distribute the food while offering their support and sharing how proud they are of the students. Parents joined in on the fun as groups played hop scotch, jumped rope, did the hula hoop and threw football, while taking pictures and playing around with the Food Lion mascot.
Rick Kriesky, Superintendent of Lexington City Schools, said, "This effort by Food Lion is a tremendous partnership we must have in schools. Public schools must have support of the business community and parents, and this is a great show of support by Food Lion. Our children are so grateful, and we are as well in the school system, for what Food Lion is doing not only today but does throughout the school year to support us. Thank you so much!"
The donation was done as part of Food Lion's Food Lion Feeds hunger relief initiative, in which the company has pledged to donate 500 million meals by 2020. According to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, which services the Lexington area, children make up one-third of the 300,000 individuals that utilize the food bank's partner agencies each year. That's 100,000 children every year that struggle with hunger in Northwest North Carolina.
Food Lion is a proud partner in the towns and cities we serve, and we were so grateful to be able to help fight child hunger and kick off the new school year in Lexington. We wish all the students and parents a great year ahead!