Food Lion, the Delaware State Fair and the Food Bank of Delaware announced today that the seventh annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” will take place on Monday, July 23 at the Delaware State Fair.
Fair attendees who bring five Food Lion brand canned or boxed goods will in exchange receive free gate admittance to the Delaware State Fair from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Monday, July 23. This community effort is part of the seventh annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” at the Delaware State Fair.
“At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries,” said Bob Mills, Food Lion’s execution and implementation specialist for the Delaware market. “That’s why we’re so passionate about helping to end hunger in our local communities. We know the community’s help from past events has helped us to feed people in Delaware who otherwise would have to make those tough choices.”
Donations received through this year’s effort will assist families in Kent and Sussex Counties struggling to put food on the table. More than 43,000 residents of Kent and Sussex counties are considered food insecure, meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.
“Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day at the Delaware State Fair is one of our most favorite days of the year,” said Food Bank of Delaware Community Relations Manager Chad Robinson. “What better way to enjoy a day at the state fair by supporting Delaware families struggling to put meals on the table. This year we hope to exceed last year’s total by bringing in more than 25,000 pounds of food.”
“This is one of my favorite Promotional Days offered by the Delaware State Fair,” said Delaware State Fair Assistant General Manager and Director of Marketing Danny Aguilar. “Working with Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware to make a difference in our State is truly rewarding. At the end of the day we are able to help feed several families while helping other families save a few dollars at the Fair – that certainly is a win-win.”
Volunteers from Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware will accept donations at all gates. No items stored in glass will be accepted. Some of the Food Bank of Delaware’s most-needed items include the following:
- Canned fruits (in light syrup or in its own juices if possible)
- Canned vegetables (low sodium if possible)
- Canned soups (low sodium if possible)
- Tuna fish (in water if possible)
- Peanut butter (low sodium if possible)
- Cereal (whole-grain if possible
- Pasta (whole-grain if possible)
For more information about the Delaware State Fair, please visit www.delawarestatefair.com.