Food Lion donates 3,500 pounds of fresh food to needy through local church

Volunteers from Cherry Point United Methodist Church load up food donation from Food Lion.

Volunteers from Cherry Point United Methodist Church load up food donation from Food Lion.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM.

It was a bucket brigade, but instead of water, the group was moving fruits and vegetables.

Members of the congregation of Cherry Point United Methodist Church turned out Tuesday to load 4,500 pounds of food that had been donated by Food Lion as part of the store’s Food Lion Feeds program.

That’s a lot of oranges, apples, carrots, potatoes and onions. That’s just half of it. Also on the pallets were canned vegetables, peanut butter, tuna fish, fruit cups and oatmeal.

“We’re going to use part of it in our meals program on Wednesdays and Fridays,” said organizer Kim Rice. “We’re also going to make it available to all of the families who participate to take it home. A large number of the families we serve are in the Roger Bell, Havelock Middle and Havelock Elementary districts, so their schools have notified their families that we have the food available.”

The lunch program is called Summer Café and is feeding anywhere from 25 to 100 people a day.

“We also deliver some of it to the elderly. We’ve kind of expanded and call is Matthew 25 Fund because we deliver plates to elderly and shut ins and then we provide weekend bags to Havelock Middle School every weekend during the school year, so it’s kind of grown beyond the summer program. Some of that, like the fruit cups, will go into the weekend bags once school starts back,” Rice said.

The food came after Food Lion manager Kelly Webster suggested that Rice fill out an application for the Food Lion Fees program.



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