SALISBURY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 6, 2018--This summer, Food Lion is partnering with customers in its more than 1,000 stores to help fight summer hunger through its Food Lion Feeds Reusable Bag campaign. The reusable bags are available for purchase beginning today, June 6, 2018, and will be available until June 30, or while supplies last.

Through the "Summers Without Hunger" Design-A-Bag Contest held earlier this year, Food Lion’s youngest fans submitted designs depicting what hunger means to them, and the winning artwork is now featured on the grocer's reusable bags. Customers can purchase these specially-designed reusable bags for $1 at any Food Lion store. And with the purchase of each bag, Food Lion Feeds will donate the equivalent of six meals to Feeding America ® and its participating food banks.

Through the art contest, one winner, four finalists, and six honorable mentions were chosen to be featured on the bag. The winning artists, selected out of more than 300 submissions, include:

Grand Prize Winner: 10-year-old Karen of Dale City, Va. Finalist: 12-year-old Payton of Hillsborough, N.C. Finalist: 12-year-old Teegan of Onancock, Va. Finalist: 9-year-old Nathan of Lynchburg, Va. Finalist: 8-year-old Angela of Beaufort, S.C. Honorable Mention: 8-year-old Mason of Williamston, S.C. Honorable Mention: 11-year-old Jaazeil of Lexington, N.C. Honorable Mention: 13-year-old Kate of Hillsborough, N.C. Honorable Mention: 9-year-old Isabelle of Mt. Pleasant, N.C. Honorable Mention: 12-year-old Reyli of Kannapolis, N.C. Honorable Mention: 7-year-old Claire of Mooresville, N.C.

The Grand Prize winner, Karen, won the honor of having her artwork featured on the front cover of the reusable bag. Additionally, Food Lion Feeds will donate $2,000 to the local food bank of Karen's choice. Each of the four finalists’ artwork is featured on the opposite side of the bag. In addition, the four finalists also receive a $1,000 donation by Food Lion Feeds made in their name to a local food bank of their choosing. Finally, honorable mentions have their artwork featured on the side of the bag. They also won $50 Food Lion gift cards and will have $500 donated to the food bank of their choice.

Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to help eliminate the difficult choices many families are forced to make when they are struggling with hunger. Working toward its commitment to provide 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food Lion Feeds has already donated over 380 million meals through in-store campaigns, like the reusable bag, local donations to feeding agencies, associate volunteerism and equipment donations.

$1 helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. $0.60 (monetary equivalent of six meals) from each bag purchase will be donated to Feeding America and its member food banks. The campaign runs through June 30, 2018.

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.

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

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