Food Lion steps up hunger relief program
Food Lion has taken the wraps off what the banner called “bold new plans” for its hunger-relief initiative, Food Lion Feeds. To fight hunger in its market area, Food Lion Feeds will expand its long-term partnership with Chicago-based Feeding America, develop additional partnerships to address the issue, and pledge to donate one billion more meals by the end of 2025.
“At Food Lion, we believe that no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gasoline and buying groceries, and we know far too many of our neighbors are faced with those difficult decisions,” said Food Lion President Meg Ham. “Children in our classrooms, service members who give so much to serve our nation, and seniors on fixed incomes in our towns and cities are struggling with hunger. Hunger knows no bounds. So Food Lion is committed to nourishing our neighbors and setting them up for success in life, and we couldn’t be more proud to take on this incredibly important mission in an even bigger, more impactful way.”
To reach this goal, Food Lion Feeds has established partnerships with Washington, D.C.-based No Kid Hungry, a campaign to end child hunger in the United States, and San Antonio-based Operation Homefront, which fights food insecurity among U.S. service members and their families. Further, the initiative will continue to grow its longtime collaboration with Feeding America, and the 30 Feeding America member food banks across Food Lion’s 10-state footprint, through a combination of product, financial and equipment donations; disaster relief and recovery efforts; volunteer events; in-store retail campaigns; donating food before it perishes; and other sources. Food Lion Feeds is additionally offering new opportunities to enlist its customers in the cause, through the launch of a new resource to encourage volunteerism in Food Lion’s surrounding communities.
Food Lion Feeds’ donation to No Kid Hungry will provide up to 5 million meals to needy children, and the initiative’s partnership with Operation Homefront will allow that organization to broaden its reach and provide critical resources for service members and their families.
Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates.