Power outages, especially in the summer, are no fun for anyone.
So when intense thunderstorms blew through the Charlotte area on a recent Friday evening and knocked out power to thousands of area residents, it was a huge inconvenience.
But it was more than just an inconvenience to the residents of Mercy Place assisted living facility in Belmont, N.C., just outside of Charlotte. The power outage not only knocked out the community's air conditioning on a hot summer evening, it also meant that the refrigerators holding the residents' perishable food for the month stopped working, causing all the meat, produce and other fresh items to spoil.
For residents on fixed incomes who had just stocked their refrigerators full before the storm, this posed quite the problem.
“Most of our residents buy their groceries at the beginning of the month,” said Peggy Miller, Property Manager of Mercy Place Belmont. “That $125-$150 they spend each month is fixed, so when events like this happen, it’s almost impossible for them to replenish their groceries. It can be very stressful for them.”
When Food Lion became aware of this issue we knew we needed to get involved to help these seniors get healthy food for the rest of the month. Through the company's Food Lion Feeds initiative to help end hunger in the communities we serve, we partnered with radio station The Link 107.9 FM, another organization with deep roots in the community, to host a food and monetary donation drive at three Food Lion locations in the Charlotte area.
107.9 FM used those funds raised to deliver Food Lion gift cards to Mercy Place residents, and Food Lion donated additional gift cards to each of the residents at Mercy Place to help them replenish their supply of nutritious and fresh items to make up for what was lost.
This joint effort to surprise Mercy Place residents in a time of need was met with great appreciation.
“I am humbled that people would care this much about helping us here at Mercy Place Belmont,” said Sara Kreps, a resident at Mercy Place Belmont. “I was really surprised at the outpouring of kindness and donations we received. Thank you to all that contributed.”
In partnership with 107.9 FM, Food Lion was pleased to be able to help lift the spirits, and fill the fridges, of the Mercy Place community, and we look forward to continuing to serve our fellow community members in need.