YMCA Receives Gift from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

Winston-Salem, NC, July 1, 2016 – The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. The Y will use the grant to provide healthier snack options to participants at the YMCA’s program at LaDeara Crest apartments. The grant will allow the YMCA to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to include in healthy afternoon snacks.

“We are grateful to the Food Lion Charitable Foundation for providing the funding to purchase healthy snack options, specifically fresh fruit and vegetables,” said Curt Hazelbaker, President and Chief Executive Officer for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. “The Y is helping to develop lifelong healthy habits and cultivating environments that make it easier for kids to make healthier choices.”

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is the largest provider of childcare through before and after school programs, summer day camp, and other youth programming in the area. As a nonprofit organization, the Y provides financial assistance to ensure that no one is turned away due to the inability to pay and that all children have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The YMCA is committed to providing all participants with healthy food options through the Y’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in the ongoing fight against childhood obesity. Those standards include making water the drink of choice, providing more opportunities for physical activity, and serving only healthy snack options.

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants.

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, now has 1,098 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group.  For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

About Food Lion Feeds

For more than 50 years, Food Lion has been a strong philanthropic partner in the communities it serves. As a grocer, Food Lion’s business is food. The company believes that no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries. Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry. By the end of 2020, the company has pledged to provide 500 million meals to families in need in its local communities. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com/feeds.

About the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 115,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in communities across five counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ymcanwnc.org.