SALISBURY, N.C. (June 15, 2018) – Food Lion continues its support for military families by hosting its 18th annual “Thriller on the Griller” events, now through July 8 in several North Carolina and South Carolina locations.

Each event will raise funds for Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for our veterans, service members and military families. This is the ninth year that proceeds from the event will support Hope For The Warriors.

Through these “Thriller on the Griller” events, Food Lion customers will have several options to support Hope For The Warriors. For a small donation, customers can purchase lunch donated by vendors and even bid on silent auction items such as bicycles, golf bags, autographed memorabilia and more.

“Our military families are also our customers and we want to support them in various ways such as these ‘Thriller on the Griller’ events spread throughout the month,” said Joel Smith, director of operations for Food Lion’s Myrtle Beach market and event organizer. “Last year, our vendors, customers and associates helped us raise more than $211,000 for Hope for the Warriors. Whether it’s in a Food Lion store, at ‘Thriller on the Griller’ or anywhere in our community, our military families can count on their local Food Lion team.”

Since 2011, Food Lion and its “Thriller on the Griller” events have raised more than $900,000 benefiting Hope For The Warriors and its programs.

“The ‘Thriller on the Griller’ events are a great way to engage with communities in eastern North and South Carolina,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Hope For The Warriors and the military families that we serve across the East Coast continue to be thankful for the support and generosity of Food Lion, its staff and customers.”

For more information on how “Thriller on the Griller” benefits military families through Hope For The Warriors, please contact Michelle Rademacher, or visit

“Thriller on the Griller” events will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the following Food Lion store locations:

  • June 15th – 1000 Hwy 17 North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
  • June 16th – 1100 Sabbeth Horne Rd, Southwest Holden Beach, NC 28462
  • June 21st – 4891 Long Beach Road SE, Southport, NC 28461
  • June 22nd- 5901 East Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
  • June 23rd – 1401 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • June 24th -1775 Clipperway, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
  • Jun 28th – 175 Freedom Way, Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • June 29th – 1409 West Corbett Ave, Swansboro, NC 28584
  • Jun 30th – Rte 50 Near Rte 210, Surf City, NC 28445
  • July 1st – 965 Old Folkstone Rd, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
  • July 5th – 2200 Gum Branch Rd, Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • July 6th – 1901 Live Oak St, Beaufort, NC 28516
  • July 7th – 8700 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle NC 28594
  • July 8th – 1010 West Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach NC 28512


Benny L. Smith                           Erin McCloskey

Food Lion                                     Hope For The Warriors

(704) 310-4077                          (336)207-5222 


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 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. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize.


About Hope For The Warriors: 

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community development and engagement. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.