In celebration of Feeding America's® Hunger Action Month™, Food Lion will join this powerful movement by remodeling and stocking the shelves at more than 30 local food pantries across its 10-state footprint during its second annual "The Great Pantry Makeover." Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign that mobilizes communities to take action to help end hunger.
"Giving back to our communities through volunteer service is part of who we are as a company and something we are just as passionate about as serving customers in our stores," said Meg Ham, Food Lion president. "Hunger Action Month provides a great opportunity for us to celebrate a month of service through 'The Great Pantry Makeover' by enabling our associates to nourish our communities through local food pantry capacity expansion, refurbishment and nutritious food donations."
"The Great Pantry Makeover" kicks off today, with service projects planned throughout the month. During the month-long event, Food Lion associates will donate more than 1,200 service hours and the equivalent of 1 million meals by installing shelves, painting and cleaning pantries, installing equipment to expand capacity for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products as well as stocking shelves with food. The list of pantries includes:
- The Needs Network in Newport News, Va.
- Harvest Food Pantry in Goochland, Va.
- Food Shepherd Food Pantry of Bertie County N.C., Inc. in Windsor, N.C.
- Christ Central New Ellenton in New Ellenton, S.C.
- My Refuge in Lumberton, N.C.
- Marion Church of God in Marion, S.C.
- World Outreach Worship Center in Newport News, Va.
- New Birth World Deliverance Outreach in Georgetown, S.C.
- Mt. Zion Church Demetrius J. Jackson Food Pantry in Lafayette, Ga.
- Hope Fellowship in Asbury United Methodist Church in Millington, Md.
- Marlboro Churches Food Bank in Upper Marlboro, Md.
- Greater Wilmington Adventist Community Services (GWACS) in Wilmington, Del.
- South Hall Community Pantry in Oakwood, Ga.
- Burlington Food Pantry in Knoxville, Tenn.
- The Branch Food Pantry in Antioch, Tenn.
- United Christian Ministries in Sylva, N.C.
- Assistance and Resource Ministries in Elizabethton, Tenn.
- Sow Much Good in Charlotte, N.C.
- Robinson Bread Basket in Charlotte, N.C.
- Shalom Adonai Church in Charlotte, N.C.
- Pageland Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pageland, S.C.
- Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone, N.C.
- Triad Food Pantry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in High Point, N.C.
- Baker Family Ministries - A Touch of the Father's Love in Battleboro, N.C.
- West Johnston High School in Benson, N.C.
- Make A Difference Food Pantry in Goldsboro, N.C.
- Ecumenical Faith in Action in Abingdon, Va.
- South Central Community Action Program in Gettysburg, Pa.
Food pantries receiving food donations include:
- Congregational Community Action Project (CCAP) in Winchester, Va.
- Girls on the Run in Savannah, Ga.
- Hopewell Food Pantry in Hopewell, Va.
- St. Luke AME Church in Chesapeake, Va.
- Stafford Head Start in Fredericksburg, Va.
- Telamon Food Pantry in Romney, W. Va.
- True Gospel Fellowship Church in Scottsville, Ky.
- Meyersdale Church of Brethren Food Pantry in Meyersdale, Pa.
- Harvest of Hope in Americus, Ga.
About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.
Courtney James, 704-310-3768