Food Lion and Smithfield Meats recently joined together to make a donation of over 70,000 pounds of fresh meat and produce to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The donation, which equals about 300,000 meals, will go towards the food bank's "Stop Summer Hunger" campaign, which aims to give 3.3 million meals to hungry Raleigh area students who typically would receive breakfast and lunch at school.
“We are so grateful to donors like Food Lion and Smithfield who recognize the great need that exists in our community,” said Carter Crain, Food Resources Manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. “Our partnership with these generous donors equates to thousands of meals each year for those who are struggling with hunger.”
Food Lion's donation was part of its Food Lion Feeds initiative, which has committed to donate 500 million meals by 2020. Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program is the company's coast-to-coast campaign to help Americans become more food secure. The effort has provided more than 38 million servings of protein to food banks across America over its eight years in existence.
Speaking at the event, Delony Spraggins, a Director of Operations in Food Lion's Mid-Atlantic region covering Raleigh and the surrounding communities, said that "Food Lion launched its Food Lion Feeds initiative in 2014 with a commitment to donate 500 million meals by 2020. Through wonderful events like this one, and through strong partnerships with companies like Smithfield and incredible organizations like the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, I am pleased to report that Food Lion is well on our way of honoring our commitment."
Thank you to Smithfield for partnering with us on this great event, and thank you to the food bank for all the great work you do each and every day to feed hungry Raleigh families.
For more information about the Stop Summer Hunger campaign, click here.