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In September 2014, the Charlotte Hornets teamed up with Food Lion and established Food Lion Feeds as its Official Hunger Relief Partner.  Both the Hornets and Food Lion tipped off the partnership at Highland Renaissance Academy in Charlotte, N.C. by distributing more than 9,500 meals to 300 school families with the help of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s mobile food pantry.  As the Official Hunger Relief Partner of the Charlotte Hornets, Food Lion Feeds has committed to provide more than 300,000 meals over three years.

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The Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds partner for a unique food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Volunteers from the Hornets, Food Lion and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina build a structure made of donated Food Lion-branded food cans and boxes at the Spectrum Center. The structure is designed by Odell Associates.

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In February 2012, the Charlotte Hornets and Fox Sports Southeast partnered to help fight hunger by donating a 26-foot, 14,000-pound refrigerated mobile pantry to serve as a transport unit for more than 100,000 pounds of pre-packed food items and canned goods to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  Annually, the mobile pantry hosts more than 100 events in nine different counties including: Burke, Lincoln, Rutherford, Cabarrus, York, Stanley, Anson, Lancaster and Mecklenburg. Within Mecklenburg County, there are more than 25 events with the majority of those being held at high poverty rate elementary schools.  The mobile pantry serves more than 25,000 families and provides between 850,000 and 1,110,000 pounds of food each year.


In partnership with Food Lion and Coca Cola, the Charlotte Hornets provide 1,000 meals to low-income families during Thanksgiving, through our annual Cornucopia event.  The entire Hornets team and coaching staff help deliver food items to families.  By providing meals to those in need, the Hornets, in collaboration with our partners, are able to tackle hunger in our community.

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Since 2004, the Charlotte Hornets have partnered with Sports Radio 610AM WFNZ The Fan at the WFNZ Coca Cola Doghouse to raise money and awareness for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry as part of the station’s Street Turkeys event.  The Honey Bees, Hugo the Hornet as well as Hornets executives and staff partake in the event each year.  Thousands of dollars and tons of food have been donated to help provide meals to families in need.

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Charlotte Hornets Players, Hugo and Honeybees take families to Food Lion to purchase enough food to prepare for the holidays. Partnering with Food Lion Feeds, two families were invited to do their holiday grocery shopping with the Hornets to get everything they need to prepare wonderful meals.

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