Food Lion has made a strong commitment to enriching and investing in the communities it serves. On Thursday, May 21st that investment was extended to the Capital Area Food Bank’s Gwynn Park High School mobile pantry site in Brandywine, Maryland.
Food Lion donated over 6,000 pounds of food, reusable grocery bags and gift cards for the distribution, which is operated by Community Support Systems, Inc. and supported by Prince George’s County Social Service’s Mission Nutrition initiative. Over 200 families took home fresh apples, oranges, potatoes and onions, in addition to staple pantry items like peanut butter and canned tuna. Participants were also given the opportunity to participate in health screenings and learn more about free resources available in their community.
“Participants liked the fact that the apples, oranges, potatoes and onions were pre-bagged,” noted Claudia Raskin, Executive Director of Community Support Systems, Inc., “They felt as if they were shopping at a grocery store.”
Gwynn Park High School is one of 91 mobile pantries operating through the support of the Capital Area Food Bank in the Washington metro area. Around 20,000 families are provided 10-20 pounds of food monthly through the mobile pantry program.
Food Lion operates more than 1,100 supermarkets in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, and employs approximately 57,000 associates. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.