Food Lion Feeds surpasses $1 million in support to No Kid Hungry
Published 8:27 am Thursday, November 17, 2022
Food Lion Feeds has surpassed $1 million in support to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign committed to ending childhood hunger. One in eight children – or 9 million children – in the United States lives with hunger. Since partnering with No Kid Hungry in 2019, Food Lion Feeds has donated funding that can help provide 10 million meals to kids. This funding has supported grants to 55 school districts and community organizations that are working to feed kids through school meals, summer meal sites and additional food distribution programs, according to a Food Lion press release.
Food Lion Feeds was founded in 2014 by North Carolina-based Food Lion to address food insecurity in the towns and cities it serves.
“No child should ever have to worry about where their next meal will come from,” said Kevin Durkee, manager, Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion. “We’ve been proud to work with No Kid Hungry to help make this a reality for many of our neighbors. We’re committed to deepening this work to help nourish more families and set them up for success in life. We do this by ensuring students can focus on learning while we provide them access to fresh and nutritious food.”
Research shows that when students start their day with a healthy breakfast, they do better on tests, have fewer discipline problems, have fewer health problems and are more likely to graduate from high school. In 2022, Food Lion Feeds awarded 14 grants totaling $225,000 to support No Kid Hungry’s school and community partners that help connect kids with critical food resources.
“Ending child hunger is something we know is possible, but it’s certainly not something we can do alone,” said Diana Hovey, senior vice president of corporate partnerships at Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign. “We’re grateful for partners like Food Lion Feeds, who have come alongside us in this effort and provided such a critical investment in our work. We look forward to our continued partnership as we work to ensure no child misses out on the meals they need to thrive.”
Through Food Lion Feeds, the retailer has helped provide more than 970 million meals since 2014 and has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. For more information, visit foodlion.com/feeds.
It was noted that No Kid Hungry does not provide individual meals; donations help support programs that feed kids. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org/OneDollar. For more information about No Kid Hungry, visit nokidhungry.org.