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Local Food Lion Associates To Remodel Local Food Pantry

September 28, 2015

Local Food Lion Associates To Remodel Local Food Pantry as Part of Food Lion's "The Great Pantry Makeover" and Hunger Action Month

 

What: Local Food Lion associates will refurbish St. Matthias’ Episcopal Food Pantry as part of the company's "The Great Pantry Makeover" event. FeedMore nominated St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church for The Great Pantry Makeover. During the month of September, Hunger Action Month, Food Lion will remodel and stock more than 30 pantries across its markets. The St. Matthias Episcopal Pantry makeover is part of a month-long service event supporting a national movement to bring awareness and action to end hunger in our communities.

 

Who: Representatives from FeedMore, St. Matthias and Food Lion will be available for interviews and photo opportunities.

 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 10 a.m.

 

Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Food Pantry
11300 Huguenot Road
Midlothian, Virginia 23113

FeedMore Receives $23,500 Grant from BJ’s Charitable Foundation

September 9, 2015

Richmond, VA (September 9, 2015) – FeedMore has been awarded a $23,500 grant from BJ’s Charitable Foundation to support agency capacity building and provide more meals for Central Virginians in need. After helping to expand capacity in 2014 for more than 400 feeding pantries and programs that resulted in over 10 million more pounds of food being donated, BJ’s Charitable Foundation will invest additional funding this year to further prevent a bottleneck in the supply chain for food distribution to Americans facing hunger.

 

This will be the second agency capacity building grant awarded to the FeedMore, which works with local agencies (food pantries, shelters and meal programs) that help distribute groceries and meals to the 1 in 7 residents who struggle with hunger. Those same local hunger agencies, however, are often limited by a lack of equipment to move donations and provide safe storage for perishable items. Many agencies also encounter limited staff availability and training to support more high-functioning operations. The BJ’s Charitable Foundation grant will help those local agencies safely pick up more donated product from local supporters and distribute more perishable foods to community members in need – a crucial component in the fight to solve hunger.

 

“We collaborate with our more than 300 partner agencies to get food to our neighbors in need on a daily basis,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer of FeedMore. “With this grant from BJ’s Charitable Foundation, we are able to continue to address what we can do to help enable these organizations to be more efficient and effective, and in turn help more people facing hunger.”

 

BJ’s Wholesale Clubs has supported the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks since 2011. Each of their 208 clubs has contributed perishable food totaling nearly 35 million pounds, which is the equivalent of 28 million meals.

 

“At BJ’s, we’re always looking for new ways to partner with food banks and local organizations to help solve hunger in our communities,” said Artie Espenshade, Assistant Vice President of Regional Operations at BJ's Wholesale Club. “Through this grant, equipment from refrigerated vehicles to coolers as well as food safety training and other costs related to agency success will result in more nutritious food getting to the people who need it most.”

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation Donates $100,000 to Feeding America to Help Alleviate Hunger

September 4, 2015

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation Donates $100,000 to Feeding America to Help Alleviate Hunger through Kid's Cafe Grants

 

Nine Food Banks to Receive Critical Funding for Programs Providing Children with Nutritious Food and Education

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation has announced its continued commitment to Feeding America’s Kid's Cafe® program in 2015. The grocer's foundation board approved 133 grants for feeding programs in Food Lion’s footprint, with  a $100,000 donation to Feeding America and nine member food banks. These grants enrich the lives of children by being directed specifically to the Kid's Cafe program, which provides nutritional food and nutrition education.

 

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation's Kid's Cafe program contribution is used to support children who are at risk of hunger, and supports the company's belief that no one should ever have to choose between paying their mortgage or rent and buying groceries or foregoing a meal themselves to feed their children.

 

The foundation understands the devastation of hunger throughout its community, and recognizes the tremendous impact hunger has on children's education and future when they are struggling with lack of food. The nine Feeding America member food banks take an engaging and innovative approach to provide children with the resources they need to learn and stay healthy. They also provide exceptional support to families throughout the community who are struggling with food insecurity. 

 

“As kids head back to school this season they have a lot of things to worry about. Having enough to eat shouldn't be one of them,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “We are thankful to Food Lion, and its donation of $100,000 to support Kids Cafe programs, which help to provide nutrient-rich food to children facing hunger.”

 

The grant recipients are: Blue Ridge Food Bank (Verona, Va.), FeedMore (Richmond, Va.), Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.), Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (Norfolk, Va.), Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton, Va.), Harvest Hope Food Bank (Columbia, S.C.), Lowcountry Food Bank (Charleston, S.C.), Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte, N.C.), Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Feeding America National Office (Chicago, Ill.).

 

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves.
Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. For more information, visitwww.foodlion.com

 

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Help Fight Hunger in Central Virginia by Joining Hunger Action Month

September 1, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore, a member of the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks, will observe September as Hunger Action MonthTM – a nationwide initiative designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and join the movement to help end hunger. Hunger advocates from across Central Virginia and the country are working together this month to shine a light on the issue of hunger and the 1 in 6 people who face hunger in America – including 207,000 individuals right here in our community.

 

“Hunger is a real issue in our community and unfortunately, more of our neighbors are struggling with hunger than ever before,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer of FeedMore. “However, there is hope and it’s up to us. September is an opportunity for all hunger-relief advocates to unite and take simple steps towards supporting our neighbors in need. This month-long collaboration will drive our community towards making a significant impact in the lives of hungry children, families and seniors across Central Virginia.”

 

To kick off Hunger Action Month, FeedMore will commemorate Hunger Action Day® on Thursday, September 3. An opportunity for Central Virginians to learn more about how hunger affects their community, on September 3 individuals are encouraged to “Go Orange” to show their support for Hunger Action Month. From wearing an orange tie, donning an orange accessory, dressing in orange from head-to-toe or joining the “Go Orange” movement virtually on social networks, this seemingly insignificant act provides the opportunity for people across the community, and country, to unify and raise awareness about the seriousness of hunger.

 

“Domestic hunger affects every community in our nation, preventing millions of families, seniors and children from thriving,” said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. “This September we all are given a chance to come together and make a difference for those facing hunger."

 

FeedMore is providing several opportunities for the community to get involved in Hunger Action Month in Central Virginia. For additional information and to learn more about FeedMore’s Hunger Action Month efforts please visit, www.FeedMore.org/HungerActionMonth.

 

FeedMore is one of 200 member Feeding America food banks, which serves every county in the United States and provides over 3 billion meals each year to Americans in need. For more details on Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.

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