Food Lion Feeds Great Pantry Makeover
FASWVA partner program Ecumenical Faith in Action (EFIA) had been considering making a few updates to its food pantry space for some time when they learned they’d be getting a big helping hand from the Food Lion Feeds Great Pantry Makeover program in September, 2016.
EFIA went from being able to replace their ceiling and lights and doing a bit of painting to getting new glass-front coolers, new display shelving and shopping carts as well.
“Both our volunteers and clients love the new space,” says Larry Bays, Executive Director of EFIA. “We haven’t heard anything negative at all.”
EFIA also made the jump from distributing food to their clients in the form of a pre-packed boxes to a “client choice” system, which allows visitors to select the food they want, more like a conventional grocery store.
In addition to providing materials for the makeover, Food Lion also sent the muscle needed to make it all come together. Mangers and associates from the Gate City, Johnson City, Mountain City and Marion Food Lion stores spent the day assembling coolers, building and stocking shelves and offering their expert opinions on setup and flow inside the newly redesigned space.
“That has really helped us as we get into the holiday season,” says Bays. “We expect to serve more than 1,000 people this month.”
“This project has been a great blessing for us.”