Light House Pantry Program Receives Donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation
March 18th, 2022
The open-air market food pantry at The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center. Light House pantry volunteers True (left) and Kathy (right) help to sort, set up, and distribute thousands of pounds of healthy pantry items each week.
The Light House 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.
“The Light House has a long history of providing vital basic needs services to our community,” said Light House Associate Director of Community Engagement, Sarah Ryan. “This includes ensuring that our neighbors struggling with homelessness and food insecurity have the nutritious food required to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. During these last two years, our Light House food programs have been more important than ever as we have seen a dramatic increase in neighbors seeking our services due to the Covid-19 crisis. In fact, since the start of the crisis, the number of households The Light House serves through their pantry programs alone has increased by more than 170%. 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.”
In 2021 alone, The Light House distributed over 270,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in Anne Arundel County. The Light House also served over 83,000 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 more than $15 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 more than $15 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 www.foodlion.com/in-our-community.
About Food Lion: Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 82,000 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 donated more than 800 million meals to individuals and families since 2014 and has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.