Food Lion Feeds and Consumers Team Up to Increase Access to Nutritious Food; Kevin Durkee and Lauren Biedron Comment


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Mon. April 8th, 2024 - by Chandler James

SALISBURY, NC - Consumers looking to make a difference with their food choices have a unique opportunity via Food Lion. Through its sixth annual Food Lion Feeds Orange Bag campaign, the retailer has helped to provide more than 18.3 million meals with the support of its customers. The Orange Bag campaign benefits Feeding America® and local partner food banks throughout Food Lion’s 10-state operating area.

Kevin Durkee, Manager, Food Lion Feeds

“Every cash donation and orange bag purchase make a lasting impact to help nourish our neighbors,” said Kevin Durkee, Manager of Food Lion Feeds. “Working in collaboration with our partner food banks, we are honored to support their efforts to address food insecurity. We are committed to doing our part because everyone deserves access to nutritious food.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2022, food-insecure households in the United States increased to 44 million, including 13 million children. That means one in seven individuals don’t know how they’ll afford their next meal, a press release stated.

Through its sixth annual Food Lion Feeds Orange Bag campaign, the retailer has helped to provide more than 18.3 million meals with the support of its customers

The Orange Bag campaign ran from February 28–March 19, during which customers purchased specially marked Food Lion Feeds orange bags or made cash donations at the register during checkout at Food Lion stores. In this campaign, customers had the option to use digital keypads at checkout to donate a specific dollar amount or round up their purchases to support the cause.

Lauren Biedron, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Feeding America

“After seeing a 31 percent increase in 2022, the food insecurity rate is the highest it’s been since 2014,” said Lauren Biedron, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Feeding America. “It’s clear that more needs to be done to achieve a food-secure future for everyone, which is why we are grateful for our dedicated partners, like Food Lion, and their ongoing commitment to the movement to end hunger.”

Since the Food Lion Feeds Orange Bag campaign began in 2019, customers have helped to provide more than 25 million meals through the sale of the specially marked orange bags and cash donations.

We applaud these impactful efforts to make nutritious food more accessible!