Wake Forest, NC – August 10, 2018:  Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry has received a $2,700 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation for hunger relief in the community.

The pantry will use the grant to purchase fresh food items to supplement non-perishable items it has distributed to families each year since it was founded in 1988. Located in downtown Wake Forest, Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry is the largest food pantry in the geographic area it serves, which includes nearly 800 families a month living in Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville and surrounding areas of Wake County.

“This generous donation from Food Lion will help us extend our Fresh Food initiative to purchase produce and other fresh foods, such as milk and eggs, throughout the remainder of this year,” said Michael Burger, Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry Board Chairman. “It’s our goal to provide a minimum of three fresh food items to a household each month and 100 percent of this grant will go towards helping us achieve that goal.”

The pantry started its Fresh Food initiative in October 2017, with money from its first fundraiser Stop Hunger Feed Hope dinner and auction. It will continue to raise funds for the program at this year’s Stop Hunger Feed Hope event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church from 4-9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and include entertainment, a door prize raffle ticket and dinner.

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry is a non-profit 501(c)3, non-denominational, volunteer-run organization providing hunger relief in the Wake Forest community. The pantry relies exclusively on the generosity of the community and donations like the $2,700 grant from The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to fulfil its mission.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 9-11 a.m., Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry provides for the hungry. The pantry distributes approximately 25,000 food items to 800 food insecure households each month – the equivalent of 200 tons of food per year.

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 $10 million in grants.

About Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry
Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry is a non-profit, 100 percent volunteer organization. Since 1988, it has depended upon the generosity of local individuals, businesses and organizations to provide food, money and volunteer hours to meet the needs of the hungry living in Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville and surrounding areas. Every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-12:30 pm., the pantry provides for the hungry from its center in Wake Forest, 149 E. Holding Ave. A grocery bag with assorted canned foods, a meat, produce and other fresh food items, a breakfast and desert item, along with other food assortments as available are given. For more information, visit www.TriAreaMinistry.org, www.facebook.com/TriAreaMinistryFoodPantry or call 919-556-7144.

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 Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

About Food Lion Feeds
For more than 50 years, Food Lion has been a strong philanthropic partner in the communities it serves. As a grocer, Food Lion’s business is food. The company believes that no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries. Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry. By the end of 2020, the company has pledged to provide 500 million meals to families in need in its local communities. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com/feeds.

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