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Hornets and Food Lion Feeds Partner to Support 1,000 Second Harvest Food Bank Families at Annual Cornucopia Event on November 17

Food Lion Feeds to Donate Thanksgiving Meal; Coca-Cola Consolidated to Provide Beverages



November 16, 2016 – The Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds announced today that the two organizations will once again provide Thanksgiving meals to 1,000 families in need at the Hornets’ sixth annual Cornucopia event on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Spectrum Center. At 1 p.m., the entire Hornets team and coaching staff will help distribute food, along with Hornets executives, Food Lion leadership and associates, Coca-Cola staff, members of the military and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.


The Official Hunger Relief Partner of the Charlotte Hornets, Food Lion Feeds is donating all the ingredients for a warm Thanksgiving meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a variety of canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese and cranberry sauce. Hornets partner Coca-Cola is providing a two-liter bottle of Sprite for every meal. Each meal contains enough food to feed a family of four, resulting in approximately 4,000 people being served.


“The Hornets are thankful to have two partners in Food Lion and Coca-Cola who value giving back to the community as much as we do,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield.  “Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends, family and loved ones and we are proud to do our part to help make the holiday season a little more joyous.”


The Hornets and Food Lion Feeds will also partner to donate 500 turkeys to WFNZ’s annual Street Turkeys initiative on Wednesday, Nov. 23, which benefits local feeding agencies.  Since announcing their partnership in September 2014, the two organizations have provided more than 1 million meals to Charlotte families.


"At Food Lion, Thanksgiving is a special time when we get to help millions of families enjoy a holiday meal together," said Food Lion President Meg Ham. "We know, unfortunately, some families in our home market of Charlotte have to make tough choices during the holiday season. We believe no one should have to choose between Thanksgiving dinner and paying rent, or any other necessity. That's why we are so passionate about partnering with the Charlotte Hornets to help feed those in need this holiday and ensure they have a warm Thanksgiving meal to share with their family."



Hornets Players and Coaches

Hornets Executives

Food Lion Executives

Coca-Cola Staff

Hugo the Hornet

Honey Bees


Thursday, Nov. 17

1–2 p.m.


Spectrum Center

333 East Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202


Media planning to attend the event should enter Spectrum Center using the Fifth Street entrance next to the box office.



About Hornets Sports & Entertainment

Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and Greensboro Swarm and operates Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.  The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division.  Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community.  The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas.  The Greensboro Swarm are the new NBA Development League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets and will begin play in 2016-17 at the renovated fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.  Spectrum Center is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually.  For more information, please visit hornets.com, gsoswarm.com or spectrumcentercharlotte.com.

About Food Lion 

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has nearly 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 65,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Amsterdam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated provides moments of happiness for millions of people every day with a broad portfolio of beverages that fit every activity and lifestyle. Coke Consolidated is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. We make, sell and distribute Coca-Cola products along with other unique beverages, carrying more than 275 brands and flavors across 16 states to over 41 million people. Our Purpose is to honor God, serve others, pursue excellence and grow profitably. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coke Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol COKE. More information about the company is available at cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coke Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.





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