By: Staff report
February 11, 2013
Over the past 18 years, Lowes Foods and Just$ave have worked toward filling up local food banks with supplies through the annual Friends Feeding Friends food drive.
This year, with the help of communities, customers, local schools, Scouting programs and vendors, Lowes Foods raised 1,156,686 pounds of food to be donated to food banks around North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The efforts took place during the holidays when so many are in need of food assistance.
The Friends Feeding Friends food drive was held in November and December of 2012 at all Lowes Foods and Just$ave locations. Over the past 18 years, Lowes Foods has helped raise more than 6.5 million pounds of food, and also supports food banks by making daily donations throughout the year. Friends Feeding Friends is the largest food drive in North Carolina, yet some food agencies still struggle to provide enough food for those in need. As the number of people in need continues to grow, the efforts of the community become more important than ever.
Lowes Foods President Steve Hall said, “This year, given the increased need, we knew we had to do more…..much more.”
Overall during 2012, Lowes Foods raised more than 1.4 million pounds of donated food, far exceeding the corporate goal of a million pounds in 2012.
Hall said, “I can’t thank each of you (customers, vendors, community partners) enough for rising to the challenge and helping our neighbors when they desperately needed us the most.”
Lowes Foods partnered with many organizations this year to make the food drive a successful event. Dozens of Lowes Foods and Just$ave vendors large and small greatly contributed to these efforts. The annual Benny Parson’s golf tournament in North Wilkesboro brought in over 70,000 pounds of food this year. Some of the local schools who participated in the Friends Feeding Friends food drive this year were Yadkin Success Academy, Boonville Elementary, Forbush Middle and Starmount and Forbush High Schools. The top 10 schools who collected the most pounds of food per student received between 30,000 and 80,000 Campbell’s Soup Labels for Education.
“We believe we should: live local, shop local, and give local,” Hall said. “Together we have made a huge difference in the fight against hunger.”