November 21, 2022 – The Today, Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds once again provided Thanksgiving meals to 1,000 families in need at 12 Hornets.The tenth Annual cornucopia event at Spectrum Centre. The entire Hornets team and coaching staff helped distribute the food, along with executives and ambassadors, Food Lion executives and partners, Coca-Cola Consolidated executives and employees, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina volunteers.
Food Lion Feeds, the Charlotte Hornets’ official hunger relief partner, donated all the ingredients for a warm Thanksgiving meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes, sweet peas, whole corn, macaroni and cheese, and cranberry sauce. The Hornets’ Coca-Cola Consolidated partner provided a two-liter bottle of Dr Pepper or Diet Dr Pepper for each meal. Each serving contains enough food to feed a family of four, resulting in a serving of approximately 4,000 people.
“Thanksgiving is a fun time for families when everyone should be able to enjoy a meal with their loved ones,” said Fred Whitfield, Hornets president and vice chairman of the board. “We are proud to do our part to ensure that those in our community who need a helping hand do not miss this opportunity. We are grateful to have partners like Food Lion and Coca-Cola Consolidated who value the ability we have to help our neighbors.”
This annual collaboration is a united effort to meet the needs of local families facing hunger.
“We are proud to be a long-term partner with the Charlotte Hornets and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to support our shared mission of feeding our neighbors facing hunger,” said Food Lion President Meg Ham. “Food Lion believes that no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries. We are committed to helping end hunger in the towns and cities we serve and ensuring families have a warm Thanksgiving meal to share in the moments that matter most.”
In 2021-2022, Metrolina’s Second Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 75 million pounds of food to more than 950 partner agencies, which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal programs.
“Without the support of community partners like Food Lion and Charlotte Hornets, our mission to end hunger will be nearly impossible,” said Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank in Metrolina. “We cannot thank them enough for their continued support in helping us feed our neighbors in need in our 24-county service area.”