PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Dec. 20, 2017) – Today, Food Lion and its Food Lion Feeds hunger-relief initiative supported military families by partnering with Hope For The Warriors and distributing 50 Christmas dinner bags to Norfolk-based military families and stocking the Portsmouth Fisher House food pantry with more than 800 pounds of nonperishable food items.
Since many military families are young and often include several children, Hope For The Warriors continues to see an increasing number of families who need assistance over long weekends and school breaks when children aren’t benefiting from school food programs.
Looking to alleviate some of the burden to military families, Food Lion and Hope For The Warriors employees filled Christmas dinner bags containing stuffing, yams/potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn/green beans, dinner rolls and a Food Lion gift card to assist with the purchase of a ham/turkey.
“Food Lion is committed to serving our communities,” said Director of Operations over the Chesapeake/Portsmouth area, Tom Perry. “We’re so grateful for the sacrifices our military service members, veterans and their families make every day, especially during this time of year. By partnering with Hope For The Warriors, we hope to make the holidays a little more enjoyable for local military families this season.”
Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.
“While the holidays can be a joyful time of year for many, it can also bring anxiety and disappointment for many military families,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “We hope these Christmas dinner baskets can help relieve a bit of the burden for struggling military families this holiday season.”
Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to help eliminate the difficult choices many families are forced to make when they are struggling with hunger. The company has committed to donating 500 million meals by 2020.
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