Food Lion Feeds to Donate More Than One Million Meals Through “Season of Caring” Events this Holiday Season
Beginning this week, Food Lion will partner with customers and community partners to donate more than one million meals* to help nourish neighbors in need through Food Lion Feeds’ annual “Season of Caring” initiative. To make the holidays a little merrier this holiday season, Food Lion Feeds will help provide food, volunteers and financial contributions from now until December 24th to support those in need across its 10-state footprint.
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“At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries. These difficult choices become even more challenging during the holidays. Like all of us, struggling families also want to ensure that they’re able to share special meals together to celebrate the holiday season,” said Emma A. Inman, director of Community Relations and External Communications for Food Lion. “We want to ensure that our neighbors in need can nourish their families and our gift of more than one million meals across our service area will make the season a little easier for children, seniors, families and servicemen and women in the towns and cities we serve,” Inman said.
The “Holidays Without Hunger” campaign offers customers an easy and affordable way to help through the purchase of specially-marked food boxes at each of Food Lion’s more than 1,000 stores. From Nov. 13 through Dec. 17, boxes can be purchased for $5, while supplies last, and the Food Lion store will donate the box directly to a local food pantry or food bank. Customers can also make cash donations at checkout to support their local Feeding America member food bank.
One hundred percent of cash donations and all food boxes benefit the Feeding America food banks or partner feeding agencies in the store’s local community.
But Food Lion’s commitment to making the holidays brighter does not end with the Holidays Without Hunger boxes. Food Lion Feeds’ Season of Caring campaign will also support more than 30 feeding related community events across its service area.
Caring for our Military Community
Food Lion Feeds, in partnership with its military hunger-relief partner, Operation Homefront, will support four Holiday Meals for Military Families events. On Nov. 21, Food Lion volunteers will distribute fresh and non-perishable holiday meal items and Food Lion gift cards to more than 500 military families at events in Augusta, Ga., Newport News, Va., Charleston, S.C., and Jacksonville, N.C. Additionally, on Dec. 11, Food Lion Feeds will partner with the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank for a holiday meal distribution for 200 families at Ft. Eustis in Newport News, Va.