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Lowes Foods to Begin Friends Feeding Friends Annual Food Drive ~ Helping Families in Need for Over Seventeen Years -- Winston-Salem, NC - October 31, 2011
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This Wednesday, November 2, begins Lowes Foods’ annual food drive, Friends Feeding Friends, which runs through December 31, 2011. Lowes Foods will be collecting food donations in all of their stores across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. These donations will be delivered to local food banks in the areas in which they are collected.

Since 1995, Lowes Foods has collected over 16 million pounds of food. The goal this year is to raise over 600,000 pounds of food, equal to around 504,000 meals for those in need.

The local food banks struggle to keep up with the demanding needs of the hungry in our communities. Lowes Foods is one of the largest contributors to these organizations helping feed those in need through multiple food drives each year. When this year’s goal is attained, Lowes Foods will have provided over 6,000 families of four three nutritious meals a day for seven days.

“Part of our responsibility as a family-owned Carolinas-based company is to help our less fortunate friends and neighbors. We are proud to be in our seventeenth year and we hope to fill all the empty pantries we can.” says Lowes Foods President, Steve Hall.

Friends Feeding Friends is the largest food drive in North Carolina, and this will be the seventeenth year Lowes Foods stores have collected donations. Customers may purchase pre-made bags of non-perishable items most needed in the food banks in any Lowes Foods or Just $ave Foods store. Donation bins are located at the front of each store for quick and easy drop off. Customers may also choose to donate cash at the register in increments of $1.00, $3.00 and $5.00 amounts.

Businesses, local schools and civic groups are also involved in the donation efforts, raising awareness of the growing problem of hunger across the country. Local schools that partner with Lowes Foods’ donation efforts have the opportunity to earn Campbell’s Labels for Education for their school.

Kick-off events will be held at several Lowes Foods locations at 4:00 pm on November 2, including Yadkinville, Burlington, Raleigh (Hwy 42/50), Mount Airy and Murrells Inlet. Local county officials will attend the events along with representatives from the food banks, local schools and Lowes Foods. Kick-off events are sponsored by General Mills, which will be donating $20,000 to the Friends Feeding Friends food drive.

Other donations will be given by Constellation Wines and Miller/ Coors. Sunrise Broadcasting also plans to participate with their seventh annual 24-hour food drive at the South College Road location in Wilmington on November 19, and WGNI will be giving away the chance to win two Disney trips to local donators in Wilmington on November 12 and 19.


About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.  Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs 9000 people and operates 107 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The company is committed to offering fabulous fresh foods and delivering personal attention to each of its customers.  Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is also committed to buying local products and supporting local suppliers.  They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping service and an online meal planner that focus on saving people time and money. 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 Hickory, North Carolina.  Employing over 10,000 people, Alex Lee, Inc. is the holding company for three operating companies, Merchants Distributors, Inc. (MDI), Institution Food House, Inc. (IFH) and Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.  Locally owned and operated, Alex Lee, Inc. is the full service food distribution company with grocery wholesale distributors, foodservice distributors, and retail grocery stores.  More information on Alex Lee, Inc. can be found at www.alexlee.com

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Contact:
Beth Talley
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.
(336) 775-3290
beth.talley@lowesfoods.com