For Release August 7, 2018
FOOD LION FEEDS Charitable Foundation
Partners with Feeding America® to Fight Child Hunger
in Coastal South Carolina
Donation provides much needed support for Lowcountry Food Bank
Charleston, SC – August 7, 2018 – The Lowcountry Food Bank today announced the receipt of $10,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to support child hunger-relief efforts in coastal South Carolina. According to the recent Map the Meal Gap 2018 study, more than 178,000 adults and 53,000 children face hunger in the Lowcountry.
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 the Lowcountry Food Bank Kids Café program to provide food to children who need it most.
“We are so proud to partner with Food Lion,” said Pat Walker, Lowcountry Food Bank President and CEO. “Through more than 40 Food Lion stores in the 10-county area we serve, they donated more than 2.5 million pounds of food last year, which created more than 2 million meals for people in the Lowcountry who struggle with hunger.”
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."
The following Feeding America network members are 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 your community, visit the Lowcountry Food Bank’s website at: http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org
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About the Lowcountry Food Bank: Feed. Advocate. Empower.
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 28 million pounds of food in 2017. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 300 partner agencies including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank is a member of the national Feeding America network. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of the hungry and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information go to http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.
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