In an effort to highlight Hunger Action Month, Food Lion Feeds is making over local food pantries as part of "The Great Pantry Makeover." The month-long volunteer service project will make over a total of 38 local pantries within its 10-state service area while donating more than 1,200 volunteer service hours and more than 1 million meals, fighting hunger one pantry at a time.
On September 10, Food Lion associates donated a new refrigeration unit and loaded boxes of fresh produce for the food pantry at Victory International Ministries. Food Lion volunteers were excited to help end hunger, not only in their hometown, but also to patrons who frequently visit their stores. Victory International Ministries was nominated by Feeding America Southwest Virginia to receive a Great Pantry Makeover.
"Our partnership with Feeding America Southwest Virginia allows us to give back in the communities we serve," said Rob Ward, Director of Operations for Food Lion. "This is what The Great Pantry Makeover is all about. There are still a lot of families struggling with hunger and this gives us a way to give back."
Pamela Irvine, President and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, noted that this was good timing because it occurs during Hunger Action Month.
"Today's event will help drive awareness by highlighting the problem and solutions," Irvine said. "It highlights our partnership with Food Lion and our local agencies. This one event helps visualize what all of us do to help end hunger."
Associates were also on hand to help with the food pantry's distribution to clients.
"What Food Lion and Feeding America do is vital to our work here in Fieldale, and they do it with an open heart," said Charlie Tunnell, director of the food pantry. "We couldn't begin to afford this new cooler and it is going to make a big difference in the amount of fresh produce we can distribute each week."
The donated produce will help provide more than 10,000 meals for residents who live in the Fieldale community and allow them access to healthier food options.
The Great Pantry Makeover will continue its efforts First Church of the Nazarene Food Pantry in Glasgow, Ky., and New Testament Church Food Pantry in Fayetteville, N.C., tomorrow, Sept. 11. Stay tuned!
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