Tuesday, November 21, 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) has received a $2,500 charitable contribution from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help nourish neighbors experiencing hunger. The Feeding the Hungry grant will help fund the after-school food program at the Baxter-Patrick James Island Library.  

“Thanks to Food Lion Feeds, we will be able to ensure no child suffers from hunger between the meals they may receive at school but may not be able to access at home,” said CCPL Director of Community Engagement Kathleen Montgomery. “The library has been working to close the gaps in food security for families and this donation will help us continue those efforts on James Island.” 

CCPL’s after-school food program at the James Island library serves nutritious snacks to kids and teens ages 5-18, Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. During the 2022-23 school year, over 8,500 snacks were served at this branch.  

“James Island is one of several areas of low food access in Charleston, where residents have limited access to affordable, healthy food options,” says Montgomery. “This program, along with our other food programs around the county, are vital to our communities, and we are grateful for the support from Food Lion Feeds.” 

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity across its 10-state footprint. Established in 2001, the foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding local neighbors in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $18.1 million in grants. 

In addition to the snacks at Baxter-Patrick James Island, CCPL offers free meals or snacks at seven other libraries through its Kids Café program, which is a partnership between the library and the Lowcountry Food Bank (visit ccpl.org/kidscafe for a full list of participating branches.) CCPL also hosts the Free and Fresh Community Fridge Program at three library branches. This program provides free fresh produce through community refrigerators at select libraries in areas of higher food insecurity and need. 

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner, and CCPL is seeking donations to support these food programs. Your monetary donation, no matter the amount, makes a big impact in providing healthy food to people in need within our community. Donations can be made online at ccpl.org/givingtuesday2023

For more information on after-school snacks or other CCPL services and programs, visit ccpl.org. You can also contact any CCPL branch location for other ways you can help support your local libraries. 

About The Food Lion Feeds Charitable FoundationThe 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 $18.1 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/pages/food-lion-feeds 

About Food LionFood Lion is an omnichannel retailer committed to nourishing its neighbors during the moments that matter most. More than 82,000 associates across 1,100+ stores deliver an easy, fresh and affordable shopping experience throughout 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Through its ‘Count on me’ culture, Food Lion fosters a sense of belonging for all associates, promoting a diverse and inclusive environment that has supported LGBTQ+ equality for nearly two decades. Food Lion is the only company in the country to be named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 22 consecutive years. It also pioneered a food rescue program to support food-insecure neighbors. Through Food Lion Feeds, the retailer has donated more than 1 billion meals to individuals and families since 2014 and has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. Founded and based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize. For more information, visit foodlion.com.