Food Lion Feeds to Heavily Renovate Five Food Pantries and Restock 105 Feeding Agencies With Food During September
Efforts Equivalent to Donating 1 Million Meals to Local Organizations
In the fifth year of Food Lion Feeds’ “The Great Pantry Makeover” effort, significant renovations include rebuilding hunger-relief facilities devastated by floods and fire, increasing capacity for existing food pantries on multiple college campuses to fight student hunger and expanding facilities to serve more of Food Lion’s neighbors in need, in addition to restocking 105 smaller feeding agencies throughout its 10-state footprint to assist them in providing food to Food Lion’s neighbors who experience food insecurity.
“Giving back to our communities is part of who we are at Food Lion and something we care deeply about,” said
The five locations receiving major renovations are:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Winston-Salem, N.C.– During the week of Sept. 16-20, associates will prepare hot meals for various Winston-Salemafter-school programs. Food Lion Feeds will also provide funding to upgrade the food bank’s kitchen space with new flooring, a new drop ceiling and installing appropriate electoral outlets/HVAC vents.
Associates will also repaint the food bank’s kitchen, which serves as the main hub where meals are prepared for the food bank’s after school program that distributes meals to various organizations in
Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, N.C.– Associates will build and install shelving at five existing pantries across Wake Tech’s campuses. A focus of the renovations is on expanding each pantry’s ability to distribute fresh produce, and Food Lion Feeds will also host a pop-up produce market on Sept. 24, at one of the campus locations for low-income and homeless students.
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginiaand the Eastern Shore, Norfolk, Va.– Food Lion Feeds will assist East End Baptist Churchin opening a new pantry after their previous pantry was destroyed by fire. Once completed, church staff will be able to stop using a smaller temporary space and resume pantry operations inside their church. Associates will paint and restock the pantry on Sept. 25.
Interfaith Coalition, Hancock, Md.– With Food Lion Feeds support, Interfaith Coalitionis expanding their food pantry and replacing the floor so agency staff can have more storage space to safely help clients. Food Lion Feeds is also assisting the organization with expanding their freezer capacity. Local Food Lion associates will also paint and perform other volunteer activities on Sept. 26to help with completion of the project.
Horry County Council on Aging(HCCOA), Conway, S.C. – Volunteers and contractors will perform major renovation work to the HCCOA building that was flooded from multiple hurricanes that have hit their area since 2015. Once completed, the agency staff will be able to fully resume operations and continue feeding seniors throughout the county. Associates will help with painting and other cleanup work on Sept. 27.
This initiative comes weeks after Food Lion Feeds announced its commitment to donate 1 billion more meals to help its neighbors in need. These Hunger Action Month initiatives alone represent more than 1 million meals donated.
Hunger Action Month is the Feeding America network’s nationwide awareness campaign that mobilizes communities to act to help end hunger.
To find out how you can take action to end hunger, visit foodlion.com/feeds and visit our Food Finder portal to learn about the feeding agencies in your community.
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