United Ministries has received $3,000.00 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed local neighbors in their time of need. United Ministries will use the gift to purchase non-perishable food items to be distributed through its food pantry.
“During these extraordinary times, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to provide hunger-relief, and United Ministries is honored to be a recipient of its goodwill,” shares Lizzie Bebber, Executive Director of United Ministries. “After observing heightened need for food in our community due to the lingering effects of the pandemic, these funds will provide nourishment and peace of mind to many.”
The grant from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation will be invested directly into United Ministries’ food pantry that provides a full bag, or two depending on family size, of groceries to feed a family three meals a day for three to six days. United Ministries’ food pantry is part of its Emergency Assistance program, which offers food assistance and financial assistance for rent, utility, and medications to low-income individuals and families in Greenville County who are facing crises. Last year, 2,885 households received food from United Ministries, which was a 44% increase from the previous year.
Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, United Ministries (UM) has always responded to the acute needs of those in its community. Over time the agency has evolved to include empowerment services such as employment readiness and adult education, providing multi-focused care, personalized to each individual’s circumstances. UM’s five programs strategically work together to support those on their transformative journey to self-sufficiency.
The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity across our 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 $14 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 $12 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 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 77,000 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 500 million meals to individuals and families since 2014, and has committed to donate 1 billion more 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 or job applicants may visit www.foodlion.com/careers.
About United Ministries
Located in the West End of downtown Greenville, United Ministries has been working over 50 years to create a community where everyone can thrive. Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, the agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient and financially independent. The agency’s integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work. For more information on United Ministries please visit www.united-ministries.org or call 864-335-2613.
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