Bluffton Self Help Receives Donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation
BLUFFTON, SC – Bluffton Self Help has received $2,200 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed neighbors in their time of need. Bluffton Self Help will use the gift to provide free healthy groceries to those facing food insecurity in the community.
“More than 35 years ago, Bluffton Self Help was founded on the simple mission of neighboring helping neighbors with dignity and kindness. Bluffton Self Help has continued to pivot to meet the growing need. Last year, we supported more than 5,000 residents in the Lowcountry. Thanks to businesses like Food Lion and the support of our community, we can continue to invest in those who need us most. We know that relieving food insecurity is the first step to family stability,” said Courtney Hampson, Bluffton Self Help CEO.
More than 21,000 of its neighbors are food insecure, and 1 in 5 children in Beaufort County and 3 in 10 in Jasper County live in poverty. The Market at Bluffton Self Help provides access to fresh, healthy options to nourish their family, including fresh produce, meat, milk, eggs and dairy items. On average, 329 households, or nearly 1,000 neighbors each month, shop for more than 225,000 pounds of food, saving them up to $350 per month on groceries.
Bluffton Self Help ensures that no neighbor struggles with food insecurity by providing access to healthy food and taking a holistic approach to how it serves. When someone comes to the organization in crisis, the agency knows three to five other issues are impacting their household. The organization’s education, training, and career readiness programs now help its neighbors move along their personal path to success, making them more confident at home, at work, and in the community.
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 nearly $17 million in grants.
About The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation
The 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 nearly $17 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 foodlion.com/in-our-community/food-lion-feeds/charitable-foundation-grants.
About Food Lion
Food 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 21 consecutive years. It also pioneered a food rescue program to support food-insecure neighbors. Through Food Lion Feeds, the retailer has donated more than 970 million 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.