FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Did you know that 1 in 4 children in the Carolinas are living in poverty and are at risk of going hungry? When school is not in session, many of these children go without food. 51% of the year, 185 days, school is not in session and these low-income children are without access to the free or reduced priced meals they receive during the school year.
This year our Bag Childhood Hunger campaign would not have been successful without the dedicated efforts of our employees, generous customers and community partners. During the months of June and July we collectively brought in just over 143,000 pounds of food making this campaign the second largest food drive in the state of North Carolina. Second only to our own Friends Feeding Friends food drive which we have in November and December. These outstanding results helped benefit children in many of our communities who are at risk of going hungry. We far surpassed all of last year's numbers.
Many thanks to all of our media partners throughout all of our service areas, for the outstanding media coverage and live broadcasting. To Pepsi Bottling Venture, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, and Gallo Wine for their generous contributions. We are thankful to Allegacy Federal Credit Union and their customers for collecting food and donations. We are very grateful to our stores for keeping their display of bags well stocked and for the engagement of all employees for their outstanding commitment to this worthwhile cause.
Between this food drive and the others that we hold during the year, we have put out the challenge to raise 1 million pounds of food in 2012. With our upcoming Friends Feeding Friends food drive we feel confident we will attain that goal.
The Food Banks that we serve are very appreciative of our efforts and know that all of this food and the cash donations will go to great use and stay within the local communities in which they were received.
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 17 Just $ave stores in North Carolina and 86 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.