Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds Partner For Annual Food Drive To Benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
January 18, 2017 – The Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds today are launching the 2017 Food Lion Feeds Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Volunteers from the Hornets, Food Lion and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina built a structure Tuesday made of donated Food Lion-branded food cans and boxes at Spectrum Center. The structure, which was designed by Odell architecture firm, is made to resemble the Hornets locker room and includes unique features to raise awareness about hunger in the Charlotte community. It will be located on the main concourse outside Section 104 and will remain standing through Feb. 9.
“Hunger is one of the biggest obstacles facing our community, and we encourage Hornets fans to help us support our neighbors who are in need,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “Our annual food drive is one of several ways the Hornets and Food Lion continue to do our part to fight hunger in the Charlotte area.”
At each Hornets home game from now until Feb. 9, fans donating a boxed, nonperishable food item or at least $3 cash will be offered an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win four lower-level seats to the Hornets game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20. All donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
"As the Official Hunger Relief Partner of the Charlotte Hornets, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to help raise awareness about hunger in the Charlotte community through this food drive and in-arena exhibit," said Christy Phillips-Brown, Director of External Communications and Community Relations for Food Lion. "We hope Hornets fans and Charlotte-area residents will join us in the fight against hunger in our home market and participate in donating food to help nourish our neighbors in the Charlotte community who are struggling with hunger.”
“Second Harvest Food Bank is so grateful to have partners like the Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion that work with us to insure that every child, senior and working poor family in our region has enough to eat every single day,” said 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.”