CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Food Lion officials say through the month of April they will donate 1,000 meals for every dunk made by a Charlotte Hornets player in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
The Charlotte Hornets and Official Hunger Relief Partner Food Lion Feeds launched the 2021 Dunk Hunger food drive on April 1st, and according to data from Feeding America, North Carolina has the ninth-highest food insecurity rate in the country.
“We are excited to once again partner with our friends at Food Lion Feeds to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina,” says Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “We look forward to seeing our players use their dunking abilities to help us dunk hunger, and we encourage Hornets fans to visit their local Food Lion locations to join us in assisting the many members of our community who are in need.
Officials say fans can participate in the food drive by bringing any non-perishable food items to their local Food Lion from April 14 through April 27th.
“Far too many of our neighbors in Buzz City face hunger, and as the Official Hunger Relief Partner of the Charlotte Hornets we’re excited to join with the team and help fight food insecurity here in our hometown,” says Jennifer Blanchard, director of community relations for Food Lion. “With donation stations at 100 local Food Lion stores, it’s easy to make a difference in the community during your regular shopping trip. We look forward to partnering with the Hornets, fans and customers to dunk hunger in the towns and cities we serve.”
Food Lion officials say for every dunk they will donate $100, and using the Feeding America’s formula of $1 providing at least 10 meals, this equals 1,000 meals per dunk.
“Second Harvest Food Bank is so grateful to have partners like the Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion that work with us to ensure that every child, senior and working poor family in our region has enough to eat every single day,” says 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.”