Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Receives Donation From Food Lion
Food Lion Grant will provide nutritious produce to low-income households in Franklin and York counties.
February 12, 2014
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has received $3,500 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. This Food Lion grant will support the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's fresh produce distribution program for low-income households in Franklin and York counties. The Food Bank will use this gift to purchase fresh produce such as potatoes, yams, onions, apples and oranges, and the donation of $3,500 will yield approximately 17,500 of fresh, nutritious produce to families in need.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation by the Food Lion Charitable Foundation,” said Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur. “Food Lion’s support of our mission will assist to provide the nutrition needed to thousands of families struggling with hunger in central PA.”
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides healthy foods to more than 54,000 people each week in central PA. The Food Bank places a strong emphasis on the nutritional quality of the food distributed. In 2013, more than five million pounds of fresh produce was distributed by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, more than double the amount distributed the previous year. The Food Bank’s work in central Pennsylvania results in better nutrition and healthier lifestyles for the region’s low-income residents that can help to prevent obesity, stunted growth, anemia, and learning and behavioral issues. Food Lion’s donation will enable the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to continue providing the highest quality food possible to the families we serve.
In addition to this gift, Food Lion supports the Food Bank as one of the top donors of food products. In the last five years, Food Lion has donated nearly 3.5 million pounds of food in support of our mission, making Food Lion one of the Food Bank’s top 10 suppliers of food products.
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. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants.