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BI-LO Announces Summer Hunger Relief Program at all Stores
7/17/2014 3:08:49 PM

Local food banks are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger. BI-LO has launched the Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program in all stores to help the one out of five children in South Carolina who don't know from where their next meal will come. Customers are encouraged to donate at any store register now through August 19 to help provide meals for healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar donated will go directly to regional food banks to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods. Give a dollar. Help fill a backpack.

"As a community food provider, no issue touches the heart of our customers and associates more than childhood hunger," said Rondel Hartwell, BI-LO's director of community involvement and charitable giving. "It's our belief that no child should ever go hungry and that every child deserves nutritious meals and a healthy start to life."

Added Hartwell, "the BI-LO Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program provides a quick and easy way for our communities to help give hungry children a nutritious meal."

The 22 food banks benefitting from the BI-LO Summer Backpack Hunger Relief program include:
America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc.Savannah, Ga.
Tri-State Food Pantry Trenton, Ga.
Here I AM, The Care Mission LaFayette, Ga.
Chattanooga Area Food Bank Chattanooga, Tenn.
We Care Food Pantry in Rhea County Dayton, Tenn.
HaCoBA Ministries Chattanooga, Tenn.
Soddy Daisy Food Bank Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
Waterville Baptist Church Cleveland, Tenn.
Lee University Food Bank Cleveland, Tenn.
Wesley Memorial UMC Food Pantry Etowah, Tenn.
The Samaritan Center Ooltewah, Tenn.
Ninth District Food Bank Blairsville, Ga.
Murray County Senior Center Chatsworth, Ga.
Loaves & Fishes Lula, Ga.
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Athens, Ga.
Golden Harvest Food Bank Augusta, Ga.
Harvest Hope Food Bank Columbia, S.C.
Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston, S.C.
Honea Path United Ministries Honea Path, S.C.
MANNA Food Bank Asheville, N.C.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Charlotte, N.C.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Winston-Salem, N.C.

BI-LO has a rich history of supporting its neighborhoods and communities through foundation and vendor supported charitable donations and programs. The company's associates don't just work in the stores; they live in these neighborhoods and are passionate about building stronger, healthier communities. BI-LO encourages customers to address the childhood hunger needs in their communities by making donations at store registers as they complete their grocery shopping.

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