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SALISBURY, N.C. -- With the start of hurricane season just weeks away, Food Lion here is working with electric power cooperative EnergyUnited, to help ensure EnergyUnited's line crews and other employees would have adequate personal energy stores for their stomachs, should any weather-related emergencies strike.
Food Lion said its stores in Cornelius, Statesville, Denton, Lexington, Madison, Mocksville, and Taylorsville, N.C. will prepare deli lunches for EnergyUnited work teams during crisis periods. The lunches will be ready for early-morning pick-up, as EnergyUnited work teams head out to repair lines and restore power to customers.
"Food Lion and EnergyUnited are long-time partners with the shared goal of providing top-notch service," said Jeff Lowrance, Food Lion spokesman. "Our back-up generator program and the new lunches to-go program are examples of the two companies working together to serve our communities."
"When extended power outages occur -- most often due to inclement weather -- EnergyUnited line crews work long hours to restore power," said Wayne Wilkins, EnergyUnited's c.o.o., in a statement. "During these times, crews in the field must stop work and drive to a restaurant to have a mid-day meal. They have to disengage equipment and secure their tools. This is inconvenient for crews and also delays the restoration process. Sometimes, they skip lunch, which is not what we want for our employees."
In recent years, Food Lion and EnergyUnited have worked together to equip stores in EnergyUnited service areas with back-up generators. This partnership is keeping Food Lion stores open and serving customers during utility power interruptions.
Helping communities recover and return to normal after severe weather strikes is a primary objective of this effort, say both companies.