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Director of External Communications & Community Relations, Food Lion
CHARLOTTE HORNETS AND FOOD LION FEEDS PARTNER FOR ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF METROLINA
January 18, 2017 – The Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds today are launching the 2017 Food Lion Feeds Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Volunteers from the Hornets, Food Lion and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina built a structure Tuesday made of donated Food Lion-branded food cans and boxes at Spectrum Center. The structure, which was designed by Odell architecture firm, is made to resemble the Hornets locker room and includes unique features to raise awareness about hunger in the Charlotte community. It will be located on the main concourse outside Section 104 and will remain standing through Feb. 9.
“Hunger is one of the biggest obstacles facing our community, and we encourage Hornets fans to help us support our neighbors who are in need,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “Our annual food drive is one of several ways the Hornets and Food Lion continue to do our part to fight hunger in the Charlotte area.”
At each Hornets home game from now until Feb. 9, fans donating a boxed, nonperishable food item or at least $3 cash will be offered an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win four lower-level seats to the Hornets game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20. All donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
"As the Official Hunger Relief Partner of the Charlotte Hornets, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to help raise awareness about hunger in the Charlotte community through this food drive and in-arena exhibit," said Christy Phillips-Brown, Director of External Communications and Community Relations for Food Lion. "We hope Hornets fans and Charlotte-area residents will join us in the fight against hunger in our home market and participate in donating food to help nourish our neighbors in the Charlotte community who are struggling with hunger.”
“Second Harvest Food Bank is so grateful to have partners like the Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion that work with us to insure that every child, senior and working poor family in our region has enough to eat every single day,” said Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Chief Executive Officer Kay Carter. “We would encourage all of the Hornets fans to support this food drive and help us reach our goal of a community free from hunger.”
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 began play this season 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 foodlion.com.
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