Food Lion Charitable Foundation and Western Union Foundation Donate $200,000 to Help Alleviate Child Hunger and Promote Academic

 Food Lion Charitable Foundation and Western Union Foundation Donate $200,000
        to Help Alleviate Child Hunger and Promote Academic Enrichment

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2012

Nine food banks to receive critical funding for programs to provide children
with nutritious food

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Feeding America announced
today that the Food Lion Charitable Foundation and the Western Union
Foundation have again joined forces to support programs that enrich the lives
of children by donating a total of $200,000 to Feeding America and nine of its
member food banks.

The Food Lion Charitable Foundation's contribution is in support of addressing
child hunger, while the educational component is funded by the Western Union
Foundation. The grant focuses on students in the communities that Food Lion
and Western Union serve.

Food Lion Charitable Foundation President Kyle Price and Western Union Senior
Vice President Carter Hunt presented checks to representatives from the
respective food banks during a special presentation on October 12 at the Food
Lion corporate offices in Salisbury, N.C.

"Food Lion has a long-standing partnership with Feeding America in an effort
to fight hunger," said Price. "The Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides
hundreds of grants each year to support important hunger-relief programs at
agencies across our operating markets. We hope this contribution will help
further the Feeding America mission and help these food banks to continue to
make a difference in the fight to end child hunger."

Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly
devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the
potential for long-term consequences. According to research, children growing
up in food-insecure families are vulnerable to poor health and stunted
development from the earliest stages of life.

The nine food banks in the Feeding America network that are recipients of the
donation employ a variety of innovative approaches to provide nutritious food
and nutrition education to children and adults in the communities.

The Feeding America food banks grant recipients are: Food Bank of Central and
Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh, NC), Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia
(Norfolk, VA), Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
(Winston-Salem, NC), Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton, VA), Second
Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte, N.C), FeedMore, Inc. (dba Central
Virginia Food Bank), (Richmond, Va), Capital Area Food Bank (Washington, D.C),
Lowcountry Food Bank (North Charleston, SC) and Harvest Hope Food Bank
(Greenville, SC).

Specifically, the grant donations will support Feeding America's Kids Cafe
programs at each of the food banks. For example, the Second Harvest Food Bank
of Metrolina has 42 Kids Cafe sites in 12 different counties in North Carolina
and South Carolina.

"With 170,000 children living in poverty in the Metrolina Region, the support
of Food Lion and Western Union is so important in ensuring we meet our number
one goal of ending child hunger in our 19 county service region of North and
South Carolina," said Kay Carter, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food
Bank of Metrolina. "We are very grateful that these amazing companies share
our concern for making sure every child has healthy nutritious meals and
snacks through the Kids Cafe Program."

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial
support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the
communities it serves.

"It's hard to imagine that in the land of plenty there are nearly 17 million
children at risk of going hungry," said Matt Knott, interim President and CEO
of Feeding America, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization. "We are so
grateful to have generous partners like the Food Lion Charitable Foundation
and the Western Union Foundation for helping us make sure that every child
have enough to eat."

Luella Chavez D'Angelo, Senior Vice President, Western Union Social Ventures,
and President, Western Union Foundation, said, "The Western Union Foundation
is proud to support the educational programs of Feeding America. Education is
one of the surest paths to financial opportunity, and uniquely empowers people
to make a lasting difference in the world."

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to
survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief
charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans
each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the
entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies
that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can
fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit
http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at
facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at
twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a company of Delhaize America, the
U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG) and operates more
than 1,100 supermarkets. The company employs approximately 58,000 associates
delivering quality products, low prices and service to customers in 10
Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit
www.foodlion.com.

About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where
the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a
privilege for the few but a right for all. With the support of The Western
Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union
Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster
relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social
ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities
around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has
committed more than $81.7 million in grants and other giving to more than
2,551 nongovernmental organizations in more than 124 countries and
territories. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
As part of Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – serves 19
counties in North and South Carolina. In FY2011-2012, Second Harvest Food
Bank of Metrolina distributed over 38 million pounds of food and essential
grocery items to over 600 hunger feeding agencies. Agencies served include
emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income
daycares.

Contact: Ross Fraser, 312-641-6422





SOURCE Feeding America

Website: http://www.feedingamerica.org
 
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