Voting opens Friday for local food bank

Published 2:03 pm Thursday, March 23, 2017

From Food Bank of the Albemarle

ELIZABETH CITY — Food Lion Feeds’ Meal Madness, a social media competition among Food Lion’s 30 regional food-bank partners, began last week with the winning food bank receiving a 30,000-meal donation from the grocer’s hunger relief initiative.

Food Bank of the Albemarle will be competing with 16 other food banks in the multi-round competition that runs through April 3.

“Food Lion and the Food Lion Feeds program contribute an incredible amount of food, volunteer time and support to Food Bank of the Albemarle,” said Executive Director Liz Reasoner. “This is a great way to engage the public in the fight against hunger, and we are honored to have been selected for this competition.”

The 30 food-bank partners were entered into a live drawing broadcast on Food Lion’s Facebook and Twitter accounts held on March 21, at which time the 16 selected food banks were split into two brackets. Fans can vote Friday for Food Bank of the Albemarle on the Food Lion Facebook page and also on the grocer’s Twitter account (@FoodLion).

Each voting period lasts 24 hours until two finalists are announced April 1. All 30 food-bank partners will receive a 500-meal donation.

Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion has made a commitment to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Since the launch of Food Lion Feeds in 2014, the grocer has donated more than 280 million meals through in-store campaigns, in-store food rescue programs and associate volunteerism.

The mission of the food bank is to fight hunger and poverty in a 15-county service area in northeast North Carolina. For more information, call 252-335-4035 or visit