Help4Kids gets help from Food Lion
Food Lion joined with Help4Kids Florence last week to provide extra meals for school children to take home for spring break. On Tuesday, March 31, local and district Food Lion employees, including most of the store managers, unloaded a truck load of food and began packing bags to provide an additional 850 meals for delivery before the Florence School District 1 spring break. Food for the “packing day” was ordered by the West Palmetto Street store as part of “Food Lion Feeds, Groceries for Good” program which served over 50,000 meals nationwide in 2014.
The Florence area Help4Kids program began in 2014 and maintains a presence in 17 elementary schools. Support comes from volunteers, businesses and civic organizations. Currently, 850 students are receiving a bag of food to take home each weekend during the school year. “It takes $2.70 to provide each meal which adds up to $2,300 a week,” noted Allie Walker, a member of the Help4Kids Florence board. “This is huge for us, especially when you add in an extra week. We are so thankful that ‘Food Lion Feeds’ found this to be a worthy project.”
In February, Food Lion manager Steve Robinson contacted the board of directors at Help4Kids to offer their support. After some consideration, staff and management of the local store agreed to donate food and employees to this cause. The store purchased food items, including Vienna sausages, mac n’cheese, apple sauce, grits, oatmeal, Pop Tarts, fruit bars, pudding, raisins and juice boxes to pack in the bags for the children. The Food Lion food bags were delivered to the schools by Help4Kids volunteers – along with the food bags they provided – in time for kids to take home on Thursday.
Walker said teachers and school staff identify the children who they feel are “food insecure” and the food bags are slipped into their backpacks at the end of the school week. Currently Help4Kids Florence works with 16 elementary schools in Florence and one in Timmonsville. Their goal is to add the Pamplico school next year. To learn more about Help4Kids go to www.help4kidsflorence.org 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 nearly 60 million meals through in-store campaigns, like “Groceries for Good,” its food donation program, and local donations and volunteerism. To learn more about “Food Lion Feeds” or the “Groceries for Good” campaign, visit www.foodlion.com/ feeds.