Food Lion:  Donate canned goods July 21 and get into Delaware State Fair free

July 16, 2014

Food Lion, the Delaware State Fair and the Food Bank of Delaware have announced that the third annual Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day will take place Monday, July 21, at the Delaware State Fair.

Fair attendees who bring five Food Lion brand canned goods will in exchange receive free gate admittance to the Delaware State Fair from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday, July 21.

“At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries,” said Bob Mills, Food Lion director of execution and implementation for the Dover area. “That’s why we’re so passionate about our renewed focus on ending hunger and working to make the lines shorter at local feeding agencies through Food Lion Feeds. Last year’s hunger relief day helped to provide approximately 17,000 meals for hungry families in Kent and Sussex counties, and we hope to exceed that donation this year with the help of our customers.”

Donations received through this year’s effort will assist families in Kent and Sussex counties struggling to put food on the table. Through its network of hunger relief partners, more than 17,000 Delawareans depend on the Food Bank of Delaware each week.

“We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Food Lion and the Delaware State Fair,” said Food Bank of Delaware Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “It was incredible to see the excitement from our community for this annual food drive. Over the past two years we have collected more than 42,000 meals. We hope to exceed last year’s total!”

“Our goal this year is to pass last year’s amazing number and hopefully bring in more than 27,000 meals. This is such an amazing project to be a part of, and we thank Food Lion for making this food drive possible through its partnership with the Delaware State Fair,” said Assistant General Manager and Director of Marketing Danny Aguilar.

Volunteers from Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware will accept donations at all gates. No items stored in glass will be accepted. Some of the Food Bank of Delaware’s most-needed items include the following: canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, tuna fish, peanut butter, canned meats and cereal.

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