SALISBURY, NC, May 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Food Lion has donated $ 20,000 to two longtime nonprofit partners in the Asian-American community to support organizations’ efforts to advance racial justice and equality in the Charlotte area and across the Carolinas. This investment deepens Food Lion’s long history of supporting organizations committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the cities the company serves. Last year, Food Lion donated $ 500,000 to several long-standing community partners to support their work on racial equality and justice, as well as to promote continuous learning and development across the company. .
Specifically, Food Lion’s $ 20,000 funding will support work promoting equality, opportunity and education initiatives led by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) and the Charlotte Indian Association. (IAC).
“Caring for our neighbors in the cities we serve is at the heart of everything we do at Food Lion, and we’re proud to support organizations that share this commitment,” said Meg Ham, President of Food Lion. “These two longtime partners are strong supporters of our Asian American neighbors in the Charlotte area and the Carolinas, and we have been proud to support them both for many years. Today’s announcement is another step forward as we continue to empower ourselves to create more opportunities for all of our neighbors.
The Carolina Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC), which received $ 10,000 from the donation, serves more than 20 ethnic groups in the Asian community. The CAACC is making important strides in the fight against hate crime, helping families recover from the pandemic and supporting the upward mobility of young refugees and Asian professionals. Food Lion donated $ 10,000 to CAACC earlier this year and has been doing so for 16 years.
“As a fully voluntary nonprofit, we are grateful for the generosity and continued support of Food Lion for 16 years,” said John C. Chen, PhD, President of the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association. “I appreciate the most that their support hasn’t waned. Food Lion’s impact on the Asian community has been visible and is being positively noticed. We look forward to the continued partnership with Food Lion, whose goals align with ours in leadership development, business support, a focus on education and cultural enrichment. “
The Charlotte Indian Association (IAC) serves approximately 5,000 citizens of Indian descent in the Greater Charlotte metropolitan area. With a focus on culture and leadership development, the IAC promotes opportunities for young professionals and shares the rich history of India and Native Americans. Food Lion donated $ 10,000 to IAC earlier this year and has been doing so for 12 years.
“We are deeply grateful for Food Lion’s support in our efforts to address this ongoing social issue,” said Lal Vishin, President of the Charlotte Indian Association. “It’s not our differences that divide us. We are unable to recognize and celebrate these differences. We thank Food Lion for being an active ally in a tangible way that goes beyond words to support our initiatives around community engagement, police relations, Asian owned brands and cultural education. . Additionally, with the continued support of Food Lion, we are better positioned to address these historic issues of inequity, promote social justice, and improve the well-being of our communities of Asian American descent.
In addition to its financial support, Food Lion has supported neighbors and associates in the United States of America and the Pacific Islands in a variety of ways, both through its Asia-Pacific Trade Resource Group and partnerships of long standing with CAACC, IAC and other advocacy organizations.
About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, North Carolina, since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 southeastern and mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 82,000 associates. Leveraging its long-standing heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion strives to have the easiest complete grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to the affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has donated more than 500 million meals to individuals and families since 2014, and is committed to donating 1.5 billion meals by 2025. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the US division of Ahold, based in Zaandam. Delhaize. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com or applicants can visit www.foodlion.com/careers.
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