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Attendees of the First-Ever Food Lion Feeds Night at BayPort “Holiday Lights at the Beach” Presented by Food Lion Donated Nearly 10,000 Meals for Local Families in Need

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (December 15, 2022) – The Virginia Beach community showed up full of holiday spirit to the first-ever Food Lion Feeds Night at the BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach presented by Food Lion on Sunday, December 11, 2022. Attendees donated nearly 10,000 meals to local families in need through non-perishable food items and monetary donations.

Donations were collected at the entrance to Virginia Beach’s premier light show, which welcomed more than 700 cars to the Boardwalk on Sunday evening. All proceeds will go directly to benefit local families at the Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore Food Bank.

“No one should have to face food insecurity, especially during the holidays. Now, because of the generosity of the Virginia Beach community and the support of hundreds of people who came to the Oceanfront on Sunday night to support Food Lion Feeds night, we can provide thousands of meals for local families in need,” said Food Lion Director of Operations William Goings. “Thank you to everyone who donated!”

According to Feed America, food insecurity in 2022 is expected to rise in the region due to a multitude of factors, including COVID-19. The number of individuals experiencing food insecurity is projected to rise to 131,220, an increase of 17% from 2019. The Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore Food Bank serves one in six adults and one in four children in the area with the cost of a single meal increasing from $.40 to $.73. The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation supports programs and events that focus on alleviating food insecurity in the towns and cities where they operate through the donation of product or Food Lion gift Cards.

Bayport Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach presented by Food Lion is open nightly through January 1, 2023. For more information or to purchase a ticket in advance, go to https://beacheventsvb.com.

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