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Food Lion Press Release

Oct. 30 - Manassas, Va.
"Inspired to help"

Volunteer Willie Carter recently drove the Yeshua Church of God in Christ Pantry's red van packed with food down a local street in Manassas, Va.

All of a sudden, noticed a woman who was standing at the corner.

When he stopped and asked her if she would like some donated food from the pantry. The woman broke down crying.

He didn’t know that she had six children and they had just run out of food.

It's emotional stories like these that his wife, Diane, told Monday as a group of local Food Lion associates assembled shelves, painted and re-stocked the shelves at the pantry. The event was part of Food Lion's Third Annual Great Pantry Makeover.

"Oh gosh this is awesome," Diane Carter said during an interview at the event inside the church. "We needed this because we are limited in our budget. I have been needing shelves for well over a year. I only had three shelves and only USDA food could go on them. This makeover has enabled us expand the room and get more shelves so that we can give away more food."

Associates worked for more than two hours reorganizing the pantry, located in the church's fellowship hall making an impact both in the church and their own personal lives.

"This is the first time I have volunteered in a long time," said Matt Peterson, Food Lion Store 1208 Team leader. "It's eye-opening to come here today and see all of these associates donating their time.

Food Lion's impact at the pantry goes beyond Monday's makeover. The pantry works with their local Food Lion to get paper bags so they can fill them with food to deliver to local seniors. Food Lion has also awarded the pantry with grants in the past to help with their efforts.

"This renovation will help Yeshua Bread of Life Food Pantry better serve the people it reaches with food each month," said Sharon McBeth, retail donations coordinator of Capital Area Food Bank. "New shelving and refrigeration will help the pantry more effectively store and distribute fresh food and other items giving the pantry critical new capacity and advance e of the holiday season."

Associates ended their work by presenting a special plaque to commemorate the event, which Diane says she will hang for all to see when they visit the site. Associates also presented Capital Area Food Bank staff with a special recognition plaque recognizing its 19-year partnership with Food Lion.

"I just want to thank Food Lion so much," Diane Carter said. "To come to work and not just give us the money for this today is awesome."

Our non-profit organization is dedicated to aiding those less fortunate. Bread of Life Food Pantry is a community outreach program of the “Yeshua” Church Of God In Christ that provides resources for low income families in our community. We serve the zip codes in our area – 20108, 20109, 20110, 20111, 20112. We provide  information for other community food pantries, shelters and resources that are available.

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