SALISBURY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 5, 2018--In conjunction with Feeding America's® Hunger Action Month™, Food Lion will remodel and stock the shelves at 30 local food pantries across its 10-state footprint during its fourth annual "The Great Pantry Makeover."

“Giving back to our communities is part of who we are at Food Lion and something we care deeply about,” said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. “This year’s Great Pantry Makeover effort is focused on expanding the capacity of these local feeding agencies to distribute fresh, nutritious food so their clients can nourish their families and set them up for success. I know our associates are excited to give back to the communities they call home and I can’t wait to see the results.”

More than 300 Food Lion associates will volunteer to support their local feeding agencies during “The Great Pantry Makeover,” which kicks off today and includes service projects planned throughout the month. During the event, Food Lion associates will donate more than 1,500 volunteer service hours and the equivalent of 1 million meals through food and equipment donations such as painting and cleaning pantries, installing shelving, freezers, coolers and other equipment to expand capacity for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products, as well as stocking shelves with food. The list of pantries includes:

Claymont Community Center, Claymont, Del. America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Savannah, Ga. Christway Christian Church, Martinez, Ga. Live Oak Church of God, Hinesville, Ga. Second Harvest of South Georgia, Valdosta, Ga. Feed My Sheep Foodbank, Oak Grove, Ky. Snow Hill Ecumencial Food Pantry, Snow Hill, Md. Albemarle Food Pantry, Elizabeth City, N.C. Brogden Middle School, Durham, N.C. Catholic Charities Fayetteville Regional Office, Fayetteville, N.C. Corinth Baptist Church, Casar, N.C. Facts of Life Church of the Living God, Tabor City, N.C. Helping Hands, High Point, N.C. The Open Door Ministries, Waynesville, N.C. Lazarus Gate Food Pantry, Rockwood, Pa. Area Churches Together Service, Aiken, S.C. Bethlehem Baptist Church Food Pantry, Simpsonville, S.C. JBC Cares, Inc., Hopkins, S.C. St. Delight Community Outreach of Horry County, Little River, S.C. First UMC Henry Center, Tullahoma, Tenn. New Life Bread Basket, Loudon, Tenn. On One Accord, Inc., Rogersville, Tenn. The Caring Place, Cleveland, Tenn. Oak Hill Baptist Church, Arrington, Va. Project Care For/Clarksville Food Pantry, Clarksville, Va. Spotsylvania Emergency Concerns Association (SECA), Spotsylvania, Va. Sweet Union Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va. Triumph Christian Center, Newport News, Va. St. John’s UMC, Norfolk, Va. Warm Hands from Warm Hearts, Oak Hill, W.V.

Follow the month's activities on Twitter @FoodLion or on Food Lion's Lion's Tale Blog. More information about Food Lion Feeds is available at www.Foodlion.com/feeds.

Hunger Action Month is the Feeding America network’s nationwide awareness campaign that mobilizes communities to take action to help end hunger. Food Lion Feeds is Food Lion’s hunger relief initiative, which has donated more than 400 million meals to neighbors in need since 2014.

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 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 Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

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