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Project Santa Receives Gift from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation
Project Santa has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents during the holiday season. Project Santa will use the funds to provide food boxes to those in need in the Denton and surrounding communities.

“It takes a community coming together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive. This gift from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation will help many families in our community enjoy the holiday season,” says Keith Garner of Project Santa.

Last week volunteers from Project Santa, including founder Bobby Garner, met at the Silver Valley Food Lion store to accept this generous gift. For the past 20 plus years Food Lion has provided food for Project Santa. Keith Garner thanks Food Lion for the many years of support on behalf of all those less fortunate not only in our community but all across North Carolina. Garner notes, “Project Santa is proud to work with such a great company that is really compassionate and committed to meeting the need for hunger alleviation in the community.”

In addition to financial support Food Lion managers and staff offer assistance in putting together the food boxes that Project Santa delivers each year. For the past 4-5 years managers convene at First Baptist Church on food delivery day to help unload, organize, and pack the food boxes for delivery. A task that used to take days now takes hours.

Silver Valley Food Lion Manager, Andrew Clodfelter explains that over 375,000 food boxes will be distributed this year along with other grants such as the $3,000 given to Project Santa. For more than 50 years, Food Lion has been a strong philanthropic partner in the communities it serves. As a grocer, Food Lion’s business is food. The company believes that no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries. Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry.

Project Santa has begun its 60th year of delivering toys, food and clothing to those less fortunate in the Denton community. The Project has already begun visiting families in the Denton area and will be doing so up till Christmas Eve.

Project Santa will be operating out of the Project Santa building and the First Baptist Church as we have for 60 years.

Last year Project Santa delivered toys to 643 children covering 253 families during the Christmas Season. Food boxes were picked-up or delivered to 249 families and individuals, as well as; 409 fruit baskets were delivered to individuals and shut-in in the Denton community.

Anyone needing assistance this year can contact Bobby Garner 336-817-1119 or Keith Garner 704-798-4242.


Pictured above: Project Santa volunteers including founder Bobby Garner and son Keith Garner along with Food Lion employees Manager Andrew Clodfelter, Nathan Mullins, Scott McQuistin, Karen Taylor, Shelley Higgins, Dylon Lester, Danielle Kinley, Casey White, Michelle Fritts, and Cheryl Hall.



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