Light House Pantry Program Receives Donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

March 01, 2023

(L-R) Light House Pantry Coordinator, Kelly Rulle, Light House Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Marisa Switzman, and Pasadena Food Lion Store Manager, Dwayne Johnson

The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed neighbors in their time of need. This grant will provide much needed support by directly funding The Light House Pantry Program’s hunger relief efforts.

For over 30 years, The Light House has provided vital basic needs services to the individuals and families in the community who are struggling with homelessness and food insecurity. Their staff and volunteers serve over 100 community members daily by providing food, shelter, case management, housing and diversion support, clothing, showers, laundry, and more.

“In recent years, our programs have been more important than ever as we have seen a dramatic increase in neighbors seeking our services,” stated Light House Director of Community Engagement Sarah E. Ryan. “Our food programs are no exception, and we are doing all we can to provide healthy pantry items and meals to those in need. We are so grateful for the continued support from our friends at the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation, and these funds will help us reach even more of our neighbors struggling to make ends meet.”

Each week, The Light House distributes over 3,500 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in Anne Arundel County. Last year alone, they also served over 82,000 meals and provided emergency shelter, clothing, case management, and other vital homelessness prevention and support services to thousands of community members in need.

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity across its 10-state footprint. Established in 2001, the foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding local neighbors in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded nearly $17 million in grants.

About The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation: The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C. Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to eliminating hunger. The charitable foundation has provided nearly $17 million in grant funding, helping to nourish communities with fresh food for backpack programs, Kids Café’s and other hunger-relief programs as well as funding for long-term programs to help shorten the lines at food banks. The charitable foundation partners with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief agency, in addition to local food agencies serving the 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in which Food Lion operates. For more information, visit

About Food Lion: Food Lion is an omnichannel retailer committed to nourishing its neighbors during the moments that matter most. More than 82,000 associates across 1,100+ stores deliver an easy, fresh and affordable shopping experience throughout 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Through its ‘Count on me’ culture, Food Lion fosters a sense of belonging for all associates, promoting a diverse and inclusive environment that has supported LGBTQ+ equality for nearly two decades. Food Lion is the only company in the country to be named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 21 consecutive years. It also pioneered a food rescue program to support food-insecure neighbors. Through Food Lion Feeds, the retailer has donated more than 1 billion meals to individuals and families since 2014 and has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. Founded and based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize. For more information, visit