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Food Lion donates to Spring Hope charity

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SPRING HOPE — Food Lion Feeds has awarded funding to a Spring Hope charity as part of $1 million in grants to nearly 600 hunger relief agencies.

A Touch of the Father’s Love in Spring Hope received $2,000 from the grocery giant’s charity wing as a continued widespread efforts to care for the greater Raleigh area neighbors affected by COVID-19, said Food Lion spokeswoman Emma Inman.

The funds are being distributed to local food banks affiliated with the 30 regional Feeding America food bank partners across the towns and cities in Food Lion’s service area, including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. 

Food Lion has partnered with Second Harvest for more than 10 years, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for more than 17 years and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for more than six years as part of its mission to end hunger in area communities. These grant resources will enable each agency to purchase food and other critical items needed to meet increasing demand during this unprecedented time, Inman said.

The grants are part of the more than $3.1 million in COVID-19 relief efforts Food Lion announced recently, representing the largest single community relief donation the retailer has ever made. 

“This is an unprecedented and challenging time, and we know our neighbors are counting on us more than ever to help nourish their families,” Food Lion President Meg Ham said in a news release. “From schoolchildren missing meals while schools are out to parents who have lost jobs and seniors who are struggling to make ends meet, we’re committed to serving all of our neighbors now more than ever. We are doing what we can to support our food bank partners and these local feeding agencies that share our passion for ensuring none of our neighbors have to worry about where their next meal will come from.”

Other area charities to receive funds include: St. Paul Church of Christ in Wilson, which received $500; Care & Share of Franklin County administered by the Franklin County Department of Social Services in Louisburg, which received $2,000; Love N Action Outreach Inc. in Wilson, which received $2,000; Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, which received $1,000; the Tar River Baptist Association in Louisburg, which received $1,500; the Salvation Army of Rocky Mount, which received $1,000; and the Tabernacle of God Community Church in Wilson, which received $500.

Food Lion, based in Salisbury since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, employing more than 68,000 associates.