Food Lion Feeds is helping seniors get the healthy nutrition they need throughout its service area.
Food Lion Feeds is supporting senior nutrition and hunger-relief initiatives in 13 communities through a $450,000 donation to Meals on Wheels America. The organization also donated $50,000 earlier this year in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.
“These meals will immediately impact seniors’ lives and have a lasting result for the organizations at a time when the high demand for Meals on Wheels remains steady,” said Kevin Durkee, manager of Food Lion Feeds. “Through this partnership with Meals on Wheels America and these community-based programs, we will make a tangible impact to serve our aging neighbors in the towns and cities we serve. No senior should have to worry about where their next meal will come from.”
The funds will directly benefit seniors who need proper nutrition and those with a variety of chronic health conditions and other needs, while also helping local programs expand their operations. The 13 programs are located throughout Food Lion’s service area in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland.
“Across the 13 grantee programs, funds will be spent to build capacity through kitchen equipment, as well as marketing and outreach to seniors in hard-to-reach and underserved rural and immigrant communities, sustaining and expanding current meal delivery services, and ensuring future sustainability through staffing and technological investments,” said Uche Akobundu, senior director, nutrition strategy at Meals on Wheels America. “We’re incredibly grateful to Food Lion Feeds for its dedication to our mission and philanthropic commitment to our nation’s seniors.”
According to information from Food Lion, its foundation has given more than $16 million to nonprofit causes since it was formed in 2001. The Foundation also has contributed to Food Lion Feeds’ work in providing meals, aiding in disaster relief efforts and supporting the retailer’s food rescue program, among other activities.