The Community Food Connection of Blount County, Inc., has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. The CFC will use the gift to purchase emergency food for the needy.
“During these difficult economic times, we are especially appreciative for the community spirit exhibited by the employees of Food Lion and for the Food Lion gift,” said Dean Moss, President of the CFC.
The Food Lion grant will be used as efficiently as possible to ensure that CFC clients will receive the full benefit of this grant. The CFC, an all-volunteer organization, works within the community to ensure that food is available for those who otherwise would not have sufficient food. The volunteers at CFC spend many hours to make Blount County a better place in which to live.
Frank Rutherford, vice president of Community food Connection of Blount County said the organization has received grants from Food Lion Foundation in the past.
Rutherford said the donation is very important not only to the Community Food Connection of Blount County but also to Food Lion. “It shows their involvement in the community, especially when they’re a big chain like they are and how much they appreciate the community and its needs,” Rutherford said. “There’s so much unemployment and because of that there is a need and Food Lion really has stepped up.”
The Community Food Connection of Blount County is the largest food pantry in Blount County.
“We gave food to 58,000 people in 2009. That’s a 40 percent increase over 2008,” he said.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves.