Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation Partners with Feeding America® to Fight Child Hunger in Delaware
July 30, 2018
The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation presented the Food Bank of Delaware with a donation of $10,000 at last Monday’s Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day at the Delaware State Fair. In addition, 29,099 pounds of food were collected at the gate. With a donation of five Food Lion brand canned or boxed goods, fairgoers received one free admission.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides grants to help support hunger relief programs in the communities it serves with a special focus on programs that help feed children in need. The Child Hunger Program grants cover programs like Kids Cafe, School Pantry, and BackPack programs to provide food to children who need it most.
With the $10,000 donation, starting this fall, the Food Bank of Delaware will be able to provide 59 children with a weekend bag full of food for an entire school year through the Backpack Program.
“We are thankful for the continued generosity of the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Ensuring that children have access to nutritious food when school is not in session is a critical priority for our organization. Thanks to Food Lion, we will make sure more kids have the nourishment they need to learn, play and grow.”
This grant is part of a $165,000 gift to Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks. A Visionary partner of Feeding America, Food Lion has supported Feeding America for more than 17 years and has donated $8 million and more than 454 million pounds of food to hunger-fighting programs.
“The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation appreciates being able to support our local food banks,” said Rudy DiPietro, President, Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation. “The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides grants to help further hunger relief programs in our local communities, and one important area of giving is to programs that help feed hungry children. These Child Hunger Program grants cover programs like Kid’s Cafe, Afterschool and Summer Hunger Programs, in order to help children who need it most.”
In addition to the Food Bank of Delaware, the following Feeding America network members are also receiving grants from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation:
America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc., Savannah, GA
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Verona, VA
Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Salem, VA
FeedMore, Richmond, VA
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Norfolk, VA
Harvest Hope Food Bank, Columbia, SC
Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston, SC
Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore, MD
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Charlotte, NC
Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, Hampton, VA
To learn how you can help fight hunger in Delaware, visit www.fbd.org.