Maryland Food Bank, Food Lion Team Up Against Child Hunger

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Maryland Food Bank to distribute 700 boxes of food donated by Food Lion Feeds to local school.

Food Lion and the Maryland Food Bank share a deep commitment to helping fight child hunger in Maryland, and this week they’re joining forces. As a part of Food Lion’s philanthropic campaign Food Lion Feeds, the grocer has donated 700 “summer hunger boxes” and 780 apples to the Maryland Food Bank. On Wednesday June 11, the two organizations will make their way to Brehms Lane Elementary School to distribute these summer hunger boxes to hundreds of food-insecure students and their families.

Statistics show that child hunger is on the rise, and, with more than 250,000 children relying on Maryland’s free and reduced-price school meal program, the end of the school year leaves thousands of kids wondering where their next meal will come from. At Wednesday’s event, Food Lion and the Maryland Food Bank hope to spotlight the increasingly dire issue of child hunger in the summer, while simultaneously taking proactive measures to provide hundreds of families with food during this difficult transition.     

What: Food Lion Feeds food distribution event

When: 1:30 – 3:00, Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Where: Brehms Lane Elementary School (Football Field), 3536 Brehms Lane, Baltimore, MD 21213
410-396-9150. (Inclement Weather: Brehms Lane Elementary School Cafeteria)

Who: John Shaia, Maryland Food Bank Vice President of Programs and Network Relations; Meg Kimmel, Maryland Food Bank Vice President of Marketing and Communications; Beth Newlands Campbell, President of Food Lion; Greg Finchum, Food Lion VP of Retail; JJ Fleeman, Food Lion VP of Strategy and Business Development; Christy Phillips-Brown, Food Lion Director of External Communications and Community Relations; Jan Boone, Food Lion Internal Communications; Dawn Hill, Food Lion Internal Communications

About the Maryland Food Bank:
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing about 79,000 meals per day—a total of about 29 million meals annually—the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.

About Food Lion:
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, now has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 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. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG). For more information, visit

About Food Lion Feeds:
For more than 50 years, Food Lion has been a strong philanthropic partner in the communities it serves. As a grocer, Food Lion’s business is food. The company believes that no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries. Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry. By the end of 2020, the company has pledged to provide 500 million meals to families in need in its local communities. For more information, visit

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