FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Beginning in June, Lowes Foods will be collecting donations for local food banks across North and South Carolina and Virginia. Bag Childhood Hunger, an annual summer food drive, will take place from June 1 through July 14, 2012 in all Lowes Foods and Just $ave locations. Donation bins will be placed in all stores, and monetary donations will also be accepted at the register.
During the summer months, donations to the food bank usually decline. Since school is not in session, there are many children that have no access to free or reduced-price lunches. Summer can be one of the most difficult times of the year for some families, and as the communities’ needs grow, the food banks struggle to keep up with the demands.
"The need within our communities is greater than ever. Families that are turning to the food bank never imagined themselves suffering such hardship. No child should go hungry. It is our community mission to meet the needs of these kids and their families and to help out during difficult times." Steve Hall, President of Lowes Foods.
During last year’s Bag Childhood Hunger food drive, in June of 2011, Lowes Foods and its partners collected an amazing 88,369 pounds of food and a little over $189,000 in food donations and purchases, which resulted in a 69% increase over 2010. With such an excellent response from the local communities, we expect to see great results like this again for this year’s food drive.
Lowes Foods is prepared to accept several types of donations. There will be displays of premade bags which include peanut butter, saltine crackers, EZ Mac & Cheese, apple sauce and cereal and can be purchased in all stores for only $8.38 plus tax with rewards card. Donation bins will also be set up in all stores. Customers may also donate money at the register in increments of $2.00 and $10.00.
Several generous vendor partners of Lowes Foods including Kraft Foods, Pepsi, Coke, Gallo Wine, Amp Energy and General Mills have pledged a combined $75,670 to kick-off the Bag Childhood Hunger Campaign. WXII-12 in the Piedmont Triad, WECT in Wilmington, WMBF in Myrtle Beach, and WTVD in Raleigh will be supporting and airing the food drives along with success stories each week from different stores in the area.
For more information about Bag Childhood Hunger, please visit www.lowesfoods.com/community.
About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a family-owned, Carolinas-based company that actively works to source product from local farmers and manufacturers. Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc. Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs 8500 people and operates 15 Just $ave stores in North Carolina and 91 Lowes Foods stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The company is committed to improving the communities where they operate by helping customers save time and money, offering nutrition education, and leading the state’s largest food drive. They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping service and Fresh Rewards, a program that provides savings in store, at the fuel pump, and on-line. Information about these programs and other services offered by the company may be found at www.lowesfoods.com or by following Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter.
About Alex Lee
Founded in 1931, Alex Lee, Inc is a family owned company based in
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.