Winston-Salem State University and Food Lion Feeds Open Campus Food Pantry to Help Students

Campus Pantry Opening Feb.18 is part of Food Lion's CIAA-related Activities 

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), in partnership with Food Lion Feeds, will open the doors of its on-campus food pantry Thursday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 300 of the Thompson Center, located on campus. 

The WSSU Rams Helping Hands Pantry demonstrates the university’s commitment to both battling the national trend of food insecurity among college students and shaping socially conscious leaders. The pantry, which is made possible through support from Food Lion Feeds, is part of a national trend where universities partner with grocers to provide food for students who may need additional assistance during the academic school year. 

"We are appreciative of Food Lion for this partnership," said Dr. Elwood Robinson, WSSU Chancellor.  "Food Lion's support allows students who may be experiencing financial challenges to focus on their education free of hunger."

Food Lion Feeds donated food and associates volunteered to stock WSSU’s new pantry. The company supports more than 30 food banks in its service area, four campus pantries and donated more than 84 million meals in 2015 to help those who are hungry. Today marks the third campus pantry opening in celebration of Food Lion's partnership with the CIAA. Last year, Food Lion opened pantries at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., and Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.

"Food Lion is honored to partner with Winston-Salem State University to open this pantry," said Kathryn Sowers, Food Lion director of operations for the Winston-Salem area.  "We believe no one should have to choose between dinner and receiving an education.  Some college students are worried about their next meal will come from, and we want to help them focus on learning instead. The installation of this pantry is yet another way to help eliminate hunger in our communities."

The new WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry is expected to serve about 20 students per week.  

About Winston-Salem State University

Celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2012, Winston-Salem State University continues to honor the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities.  Its flexible curriculum provides multiple entry points to accommodate students' diverse backgrounds and life situations.  A constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, WSSU consistently ranks among the best public universities in the Southern United States. For more information, contact 

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 65,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group For more information, visit  

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