As part of its 60th anniversary celebration and Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month in September, Food Lion is expanding its third annual “The Great Pantry Makeover” by remodeling and stocking the shelves of 60 local food pantries across its 10-state operating area.
During this event, which kicked off Sept. 5 with makeovers running through Dec. 12, the company will donate more than 2.5 million meals and 2,000 volunteer hours as part of its largest associate volunteer initiative.
“At Food Lion, we are committed to nourishing the towns and cities we serve,” said Meg Ham, president of the Salisbury, North Carolina-based chain. “The Great Pantry Makeover provides our associates a great opportunity to personally connect with their neighbors to help fight hunger through local food pantry capacity expansion, refurbishment and healthy food donations.”
Now in its third year, The Great Pantry Makeover is doubling its efforts this year, from 30 pantry makeovers to 60, culminating in Food Lion’s 60th anniversary on Dec. 12. Pantry improvements include remodels ranging from installing shelves, painting and cleaning pantries, installing equipment to expand capacity for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products and, in addition to performing the work, Food Lion associates will stock the pantry shelves with food.
Food Lion, owned by Ahold Delhaize, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. The company says that 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 persons and families in need by the end of 2020.