Throughout the 2022-23 college basketball season, Salisbury, North Carolina-based Food Lion Feeds partnered with 32 college and university teams to provide more than 1.2 million meals for those in need.
Through this collaboration, known as “Score to Give More,” Food Lion Feeds provided 100 meals for each made foul shot to participating schools’ local Feeding America partner food bank, up to 30,000 meals per school.
“The Score to Give More program inspires college students to be catalysts for change by creating awareness about food insecurity,” said Kevin Durkee, manager, Food Lion Feeds. “When student-athletes sink foul shots, we engage them in the fight against hunger while benefiting local food banks to nourish our neighbors.”
Since 2019, Food Lion Feeds has provided more than 3.2 million meals to local food banks across its 10-state footprint through the “Score to Give More” program. Of the 32 participating schools, Lincoln University was one of the top performing colleges, resulting in 48,200 meals for the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.
The 32 “Score to Give More” participants benefited 15 Feeding America partner food banks serving communities where each school is located across Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
The participating schools were: Appalachian State University, Bowie State University, Catawba College, Claflin University, Duke University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Elon University, Fayetteville State University, James Madison University, Johnson C. Smith University, Liberty University, Lincoln University, Livingstone College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina State University.
The other schools participating are Old Dominion University, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech University, Virginia Union University, Wake Forest University, William and Mary College and Winston-Salem State University.
The food banks receiving meals are the Southeast Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Maryland Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Food Bank of the Albemarle, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Capital Area Food Bank, Feed More, Feeding Southwest Virginia and Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.
“We are grateful for the support of Food Lion Feeds and the Lincoln University basketball team for their amazing free throw skills,” said Cathy Kanefsky, president and CEO, Food Bank of Delaware.
“What a win-win for everyone – we are able to build awareness of food insecurity in our community, while also raising money to feed our neighbors. With more neighbors struggling to put meals on the table due to the high costs associated with inflation, this support comes at a critical time for our organization. We are thankful for committed partners like Food Lion.”
For more information, visit foodlion.com/food-lion-feeds.