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DURHAM, N.C. - Aiming to advance the knowledge and understanding of life-threatening food allergies, Food Lion has donated $250,000 to the Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center here in support of Duke's new Children's Food Allergy Education Program.
The gift is one of the first in Duke's campaign to raise $5 million to further establish the program. Plans for the program include allocations for a pediatric clinical research unit, food allergy research laboratories and an endowed professorship in pediatric allergy and immunology. Food Lion's gift will help Duke develop consumer education programs.
"As a supermarket company, a provider of food and nutrition, supporting the Children's Food Allergy Education Program is a perfect fit for Food Lion. We are thrilled this gift will help advance the understanding of food allergies," said Food Lion c.e.o. Rick Anicetti.
"Our goal is to help consumers learn about food allergies. We look forward to the possibilities this program provides. Perhaps one day, the food industry will be revolutionized by the research at Duke, discovering why food allergies exist, how to effectively treat or prevent them and how we can better educate the public," he added.
The Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center is a member of the Children's Miracle Network (CMN). Food Lion has been a partner of CMN since 1991 and has given more than $14 million to CMN hospitals. In 2002, Food Lion associates and customers raised $1.2 million for CMN.