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The Food Lion Charitable Foundation and The Western Union Foundation have teamed up once more to aid programs for children by donating a combined $200,000 to Chicago-based Feeding America and nine of its member food banks. A formal check presentation took place Oct. 15 at Food Lion’s corporate offices in Salisbury, N.C.
The Food Lion Charitable Foundation’s contribution addresses child hunger, while The Western Union Foundation is supporting nutritional educational initiatives. The grant focuses on children in the communities in which Food Lion and Western Union operate.
“Food Lion has a longstanding partnership with Feeding America to help end hunger in the communities we serve,” noted Food Lion Charitable Foundation President Kevin Hill. “Within our operating area, nearly one in six Americans face hunger every day. That’s why we are so passionate about helping food banks provide healthy, nutritious meals for the families they serve.”
The Feeding America food bank grant recipients are Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte, N.C.), Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.), Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (Raleigh, N.C.), Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Harvest Hope Food Bank (Columbia, S.C.), Lowcountry Food Bank (Charleston, S.C.), Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton, Va.), Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore (Norfolk, Va.) and FeedMore (Richmond, Va.). Specifically, the combined donation will fund Feeding America’s “Kids Café” programs at each of the food banks.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities served by the grocery chain.
Food Lion, a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, operates more than 1,100 supermarkets and employs about 57,000 associates in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.