Georgia Southern University is one of 36 colleges and universities, and the only one in Georgia, participating once again in this year’s Food Lion Feeds Sack to Give Back Program. The correlating food bank that will benefit from GSU’s efforts is America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The program will donate 1,000 meals for every quarterback sack made.
The fifth season of Food Lion Feeds’ Sack to Give Back program will bring together a record 36 colleges and universities to help nourish neighbors experiencing hunger. Through this collaborative and proactive approach to tackle food insecurity, Food Lion Feeds will provide 1,000 meals (up to 30,000 meals per school) for every quarterback sack made by the participating institution. The effort benefits Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and local partner food banks throughout Food Lion’s 10-state operating area. Food Lion Feeds was founded in 2014 by Food Lion to address food insecurity in the towns and cities it serves.
The Sack to Give Back program also kicks off in September to align with Hunger Action Month, a time when Food Lion Feeds deepens its extensive existing relationship with Feeding America®. The partnership highlights the impact food can have on a person’s life and inspires action to end hunger within their communities. Since 2019, the Sack to Give Back campaign has resulted in more than 2.1 million meals* provided to local partner food banks across Food Lion’s 10-state footprint.
In 2023, Food Lion Feeds’ Sack to Give Back program has expanded from 33 to 36 teams across Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The unique program will benefit 19 Feeding America local partner food banks serving communities where each school is located. With Week 3 of the 2023 college football season officially in the books, the participating colleges have already recorded 206 quarterback sacks, equivalent to 206,000 meals.
“At Food Lion, we are committed to creating a winning game plan to nourish our neighbors,” said Kevin Durkee, Manager, Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion. “By partnering with student-athletes and their communities, we increase awareness and support to address food insecurity in the towns and cities we serve. Together, we can tackle hunger.”
The Sack to Give Back campaign is one of many efforts Food Lion Feeds leads during Hunger Action Month. In addition to this campaign, Food Lion Feeds will remodel and stock the shelves of nearly 30 food pantries across its 10-state operating area through its annual event, The Great Pantry Makeover. During this 30-day effort, Food Lion associates volunteer for activities such as painting and cleaning pantries to installing shelving, freezers, coolers and other equipment to expand the capacity for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products. Additionally, in partnership with customers, Food Lion will help provide meals to neighbors experiencing hunger through its annual Food Lion Feeds Apple Bag campaign from Sept. 13 – Oct. 3. The Apple Bag campaign benefits Feeding America and local partner member food banks.
The participating schools and correlating food banks that will benefit from each school’s efforts are:
|School||School Location||Food Bank Benefitting from Meal Donations|
|Appalachian State University||Boone, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC|
|Bluefield State University||Bluefield, WV||Mountaineer Food Bank|
|Bowie State University||Bowie, MD||Maryland Food Bank|
|Catawba University||Salisbury, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina|
|Clemson University||Clemson, SC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina|
|Coastal Carolina University||Conway, SC||Lowcountry Food Bank|
|East Carolina University||Greenville, NC||Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC|
|Elizabeth City State University||Elizabeth City, NC||Food Bank of the Albemarle|
|Elon University||Elon, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC|
|Fayetteville State University||Fayetteville, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC|
|Georgia Southern University||Statesboro, GA||America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia|
|James Madison University||Harrisonburg, VA||Blue Ridge Area Food Bank|
|Johnson C. Smith University||Charlotte, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina|
|Liberty University||Lynchburg, VA||Blue Ridge Area Food Bank|
|Lincoln University||Oxford, PA||Food Bank of Delaware|
|Livingstone College||Salisbury, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina|
|North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University||Greensboro, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC|
|North Carolina State University||Raleigh, NC||Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, VA||Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore|
|Shaw University||Raleigh, NC||Inter-Faith Food Shuttle|
|South Carolina State University||Orangeburg, SC||Harvest Hope Food Bank|
|St. Augustine’s University||Raleigh, NC||Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC|
|Tennessee Tech University||Cookeville, TN||Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN|
|Towson University||Towson, MD||Maryland Food Bank|
|University of Delaware||Newark, DE||Food Bank of Delaware|
|University of Maryland||Adelphi, MD||Capital Area Food Bank|
|University of North Carolina||Chapel Hill, NC||Inter-Faith Food Shuttle|
|University of North Carolina at Pembroke||Pembroke, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC|
|University of Richmond||Richmond, VA||Feed More|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||Blue Ridge Area Food Bank|
|Virginia State University||Petersburg, VA||Feed More|
|Virginia Tech University||Blacksburg, VA||Feeding Southwest Virginia|
|Virginia Union University||Richmond, VA||Feed More|
|Wake Forest University||Winston-Salem, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC|
|William and Mary College||Williamsburg, VA||Virginia Peninsula Foodbank|
|Winston-Salem State University||Winston-Salem, NC||Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC|
Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion has helped to provide more than 1 billion meals to individuals and families since 2014 and has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. For more information on Food Lion Feeds’ commitment to ending hunger, visit foodlion.com/feeds.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local partner food banks.