Food Lion giving grows

By Todd Cohen

SALISBURY, N.C. — Salisbury-based Food Lion says it and its charitable foundation raised and donated roughly $6.1 million to nonprofits in 2004, up from $5.2 million a year earlier.

Food Lion stores raised nearly $2.1 million for the Children’s Miracle Network and its network of children hospitals, the company says, while Easter Seals and United Cerebral Palsy received more than $1 million from Food Lion and its customers, and Chicago-based Second Harvest and its affiliated food banks received $900,000 in donations of money and products from two Food Lion hunger campaigns.

The Food Lion Charitable Foundation made grants of more than $600,000 to more than 110 schools and other local nonprofits, and the company provided more than $235,000 in ice, water, food and other supplies to assist hurricane and flood victims in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.

The company’s “Shop and Share” program handed out $700,000 to a wide variety of nonprofit’s in its 11-state operations area.

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