At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose beween dinner and paying rent, or gasoline and buying groceries. Unfortunately, millions of people have to make those choices every day. That's why we are so passionate about working to end hunger in the communities we serve.
Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion has committed to donating500 million meals by the end of 2020!In 2015, our goal is to donate 75 million meals to work toward that goal.
We want to keep our customers updated the progress we're making to help those in need throughout our 10-state footprint. Each month, we'll provide a recap of all of our giving events. Hopefully, we will inspire each of you to us help our neighbors by giving back in some way in your own communities.
Stocking food pantries is a request Food Lion receives regularly, as feeding agencies work overtime to serve those in need.
Unfortunately, there is another group most don't realize struggle to make ends meet. Many college students are forced to make choices while trying to earn their degrees; choices such as buying groceries or buying books. Hungry students are less able to concentrate on their studies, and reports from Feeding America® show that students who have access to nutritious meals are better able to choose education first!
In February, Food Lion stocked four pantries, three of which were located on college campuses.
February 10, 2015 - Extended Hands of God Food Pantry Donation - Greenville, S.C.
Food Lion Store 2212 in Greenville, S.C., stocked the Extended Hands of God Servants Food Pantry with 3,587 meals-worth of shelf stable food!This pantry conducts weekly distributions in the community, seeking out the homeless, senior citizens, elderly, disabled, teenaged mothers, youth school dropouts and those who are at low-poverty level, no income and low-income working poor. Their outreach mission is to provide a clothing closet, food pantry, youth education programs, human services, counseling, referrals and senior citizen home visitations, including the disabled and elderly, to the individuals it serves.
February 19, 2015 – Food Lion Partners With Johnson C. Smith University to Launch On-Campus Food Pantry – Charlotte, N.C.
On February 19, Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), in partnership with Food Lion, opened an on-campus pantry in the George E. Davis House in Charlotte, N.C. Named the Golden Bulls Stock Market, the pantry will aid low-income students with food needs during the academic year. As part of this event, Food Lion stocked the pantry with more than 6,000 items, or 8,850 meals! They also awarded JCSU with a $500 Food Lion gift card! This partnership was part of Food Lion's 21-year sponsorship of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
February 20, 2015 – Virginia Commonwealth University Ram-Pantry Grand Re-Opening – Richmond, Va.
Last year, Food Lion partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va., to launch the school's first food pantry. This February, the school held a grand re-opening celebration, in which Food Lion donated2,300 pounds of food, or 1,916 meals!The pantry has secured a new location on campus, expanding their capacity to serve VCU students.
February 23, 2015 – Food Lion Partners With Livingstone College – Salisbury, N.C.
Another partnership made possible by Food Lion's CIAA sponsorship, Food Lion worked with Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C., to launch the Blue Bear Pantry on February 23. Food Lion Feedsdonated more than 5,000 mealsto stock the new pantry, which will serve their transit, full-time students. This is the fourth food pantry Food Lion Feeds has initiated on college campuses since it was established in June 2013.
Severe Weather Response
As great as it is to plan donation events for our feedings agency partners, not all giving need can be planned for. This winter, as snow and ice has plowed through our markets, Food Lion has worked to provide emergency responses.
February 24, 2015 - Ice Storm Response – Emergency Shelter Donation – Middle Tenn.
Over the weekend of Feb. 21, the middle-Tenn. area was hit hard with an ice storm. With thousands left without power and many staying in community shelters, Food Lion was able todonatemore than 7,110 mealsto the Monterey/Crossville, Tenn., areas after Food Lion Store 995 Manager Scott Davis reached out to the shelters and to Food Lion's corporate office to arrange for help.
February 25, 2015 - American Red Cross Shelter Feeding – Charlotte, N.C.
When Charlotte, N.C. was hit hard with Winter Storm Olivia, Food Lion could not move its trucks to get to the American Red Cross (ARC) to help feed hungry citizens. Instead, Food Lion donated a $300 gift card to allow the ARC to purchase about 1,500 meals-worth of food to distribute. Associates from Food Lion Store 2203, located close by, were also able to help serve warm meals and provide other shelter essentials.
Want to find out how you can help those in your community? Visit Foodlion.com http://www.foodlion.com/InOurCommunity/FoodLionFeeds.