Hornets and Food Lion Feeds Partner To Support 1,000 Second Harvest Food Bank Families At Annual Cornucopia Event On Novembers 17

Food Lion Feeds To Donate Thanksgiving Meal; Coca-Cola Consolidated To Provide Beverages
by Quinton Wash

November 16, 2016 – The Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds announced today that the two organizations will once again provide Thanksgiving meals to 1,000 families in need at the Hornets’ sixth annual Cornucopia event on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Spectrum Center. At 1 p.m., the entire Hornets team and coaching staff will help distribute food, along with Hornets executives, Food Lion leadership and associates, Coca-Cola staff, members of the military and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

The Official Hunger Relief Partner of the Charlotte Hornets, Food Lion Feeds is donating all the ingredients for a warm Thanksgiving meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a variety of canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese and cranberry sauce. Hornets partner Coca-Cola is providing a two-liter bottle of Sprite for every meal. Each meal contains enough food to feed a family of four, resulting in approximately 4,000 people being served.

“The Hornets are thankful to have two partners in Food Lion and Coca-Cola who value giving back to the community as much as we do,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield.  “Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends, family and loved ones and we are proud to do our part to help make the holiday season a little more joyous.”

The Hornets and Food Lion Feeds will also partner to donate 500 turkeys to WFNZ’s annual Street Turkeys initiative on Wednesday, Nov. 23, which benefits local feeding agencies.  Since announcing their partnership in September 2014, the two organizations have provided more than 1 million meals to Charlotte families.

"At Food Lion, Thanksgiving is a special time when we get to help millions of families enjoy a holiday meal together," said Food Lion President Meg Ham. "We know, unfortunately, some families in our home market of Charlotte have to make tough choices during the holiday season. We believe no one should have to choose between Thanksgiving dinner and paying rent, or any other necessity. That's why we are so passionate about partnering with the Charlotte Hornets to help feed those in need this holiday and ensure they have a warm Thanksgiving meal to share with their family." 

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