Food Lion’s “The Great Pantry Makeover” Benefits SECA in Spotsylvania
The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank is excited to announce that its partner agency pantry, SECA (Spotsylvania Emergency Concern) is the latest recipient of “The Great Pantry Makeover.” Food Lion partners with Feeding America each year during Hunger Action Month to help raise awareness of the nationwide campaign mobilizing communities to take action to help end hunger. SECA received new industrial shelving and over 1,500 pounds of food, including canned goods, meat, produce, and perishables.
SECA works with the Department of Social Services to alleviate suffering and meet emergency needs of citizens in Spotsylvania County. Assistance provided includes food, clothing, and monetary assistance with rent and utilities. Last year, they provided assistance to over 4,800 Spotsylvania residents. Dianne Williams, director of the pantry at SECA, reports that they distribute food three times a week. “This food will extend into the holidays and will help us prep our Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes,” Williams said. The industrial shelving will ensure that there is plenty of room to store food resources until they can be distributed.
Sherry Gillis, who has been Board President for five years shares, “No one gets paid at
SECA, this is all volunteer work. Recently we had a man come in, dressed in professional clothing, who was crying. He had lost his job and said this was the first place he had been to that not only offered assistance but gave him hope for his future.”
Michael Shurman, Food Lion store manager in Dale City is proud to be a part of a company that helps the community, saying he participates in community service events every chance he can. Oya Oliver, President & CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, says that she is very grateful for businesses like Food Lion who support those in need. “With one in nine people in our region not knowing where their next meal is coming from, we are so happy for Food Lion’s partnership in the fight against hunger. It takes community-wide support to meet the growing need of seniors, families, and children who struggle with hunger.”