North Carolina-based Food Lion Feeds is remodeling and stocking the shelves of 26 food pantries across its 10-state operating area. During this 30-day effort, it will donate more than 3 million meals and about 1,100 volunteer hours as part of its largest employee volunteer initiative, The Great Pantry Makeover.
The Great Pantry Makeover takes place every September to align with Hunger Action Month, a time when Food Lion Feeds works with Feeding America to raise awareness of hunger in the U.S. Since 2015, Food Lion Feeds has renovated nearly 260 food pantries.
“We are proud to partner with Feeding America during Hunger Action Month to help raise awareness of this nationwide effort to help end hunger,” said Kevin Durkee, manager. “The Great Pantry Makeover provides our associates a great opportunity to connect with their neighbors while nourishing the towns and cities we serve.”
Now in its eighth year, Food Lion employees support these local efforts by volunteering to complete pantry improvements. Their volunteer hours include remodels ranging from painting and cleaning pantries to installing shelving, freezers, coolers and other equipment to expand the capacity for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products. In addition to performing the work, Food Lion employees will stock the pantry shelves with food.
“Our work would not be possible without the support of organizations, including the Food Lion team, who are willing to share the responsibility of making sure no one goes hungry in our community,” said Beth Steelman, executive director for Yadkin Christina Ministries.
“Giving back to the community is something that Food Lion cares very deeply about, and we are grateful for our partnership with them, as well as Second Harvest Food Bank, both of which provide critical resources to supplement the support that we receive locally for our mission.”
For more information, visit foodlion.com.