January 2, 2019 – (Wilmington, Delaware) – Catholic Charities, Inc., has received $2,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. Catholic Charities will use the gift to support its Food Assistance program throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
“Catholic Charities is grateful for the support provided by the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation gift,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “Each year, Catholic Charities provides over 8,000 bags of food staples to clients who struggle to put nutritious food on their tables. The funding from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation will ensure our client households will not have to make a choice between purchasing food and having a warm place to live this winter.”
Catholic Charities operates two food assistance programs: a food cooperative for income qualified clients that provides a monthly distribution of food staples as well as nutritional information and education on shopping and cooking on a budget, and emergency pantries that provide 3 days of food for those in crisis. The food cooperatives are located in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties, Delaware and Somerset County, Maryland. The emergency pantries are located in Sussex County, at Casa San Francisco in Milton, Delaware and in Somerset County, at Seton Center, in Princess Anne, Maryland.
The Food Assistance programs are a part of the agency’s Basic Needs Program, providing Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Rehousing, and Energy Assistance Services, together with Thrift Services. The agency also offers Behavioral Health and Immigration Services.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds 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 $12 million in grants.
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities, serving those in need for 190 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or ability to pay.
About The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation
The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C. Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to eliminating hunger. The charitable foundation has provided more than $12 million in grant funding helping to nourish communities with fresh food for backpack programs, Kids Café’s, and other hunger-relief programs as well as funding for long-term programs to help shorten the lines at food banks. The charitable foundation partners with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief agency, in addition to local food agencies serving the 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in which Food Lion operates. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com/in-our-community.
About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.
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Contact: Paula Savini