Food Lion Feeds is partnering with local Meals on Wheels agencies during the 16th Annual March for Meals campaign to help feed seniors fighting hunger in several different regions across the grocer’s 10-state operating area. During the effort, Food Lion associates will partner with local Meals on Wheels affiliate agencies to deliver nutritious meals to nearly 2,000 seniors who rely on this safety net to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. The grocer also will make a $1,500 donation to each organization to help the agencies in their mission to feed seniors in need, in addition to making food donations and other contributions.
“Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program that brings meals to seniors in their own homes, and we are proud to partner with local affiliates during the organization’s annual March for Meals event,” said Emma Inman, director of external communications and community relations at Food Lion. “Food Lion is committed to fighting hunger across our 10-state footprint to make sure no one has to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries. We appreciate all that our partner organizations do every day to help feed our neighbors in need, and we look forward to joining with these great organizations to help end senior hunger in communities across our network this month.”
Local Meals on Wheels affiliates that Food Lion Feeds is partnering with this include:
March 9 – Richmond, Virginia – FeedMore Meals on Wheels
Food Lion Feeds will partner with FeedMore’s Meals on Wheel program to provide as many as 1,000 meals to 850 homebound seniors and disabled neighbors battling hunger in the greater Richmond area. Local Food Lion associates will partner with the organization to deliver meals to homebound neighbors.
March 16 – Fayetteville, North Carolina – Cumberland County Council on Older Adults
Food Lion Feeds will partner with the Cumberland County Council on Older Adults Meals on Wheels program to provide meals to nearly 400 seniors fighting hunger in Cumberland County. Local Food Lion associates will donate fresh fruit and partner with the organization to deliver the meals and fruit.
March 16 – Columbia, South Carolina – Senior Resources Inc.
Food Lion Feeds will partner with Senior Resources Inc. to provide meals to 300 seniors battling hunger in the greater Midlands area. Local Food Lion associates partner with the organization to make the deliveries. Food Lion Feeds also sponsored the organization’s 5k race on March 10 and donated water and bananas for runners.
March 29 – Charlottesville, Virginia – Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle
Food Lion Feeds will partner with Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle to provide meals to 250 seniors battling hunger in the greater Charlottesville area. Associates will donate fresh fruit, pack meals and then partner with Meals on Wheels to make the deliveries.
Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has made a commitment to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Since the launch of Food Lion Feeds in 2014, the grocer has donated more than 280 million meals through in-store campaigns, in-store food rescue programs and associate volunteerism.
Based in Salisbury, North Carolina, since 1957, Food Lion has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates.