Food Lion Hunger Relief Day
Fairgoers can bring FIVE cans of Food Lion brand food to the N.C. State Fair on Thursday, Oct. 24, to exchange for one free admission ticket. This is an increase in the number of cans needed to get in free.
"The need for more canned goods at the Food Bank has prompted us to increase the number of cans needed to get in free to five cans," said Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt. "One extra can from each fairgoer will mean thousands of meals provided to needy families throughout North Carolina."
Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the Fair is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state, held each year to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. In the 18-year history of the event, more than 2 million pounds of food have been donated by fairgoers.
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina will distribute the cans to needy people and hunger-relief agencies in a 34-county area surrounding Raleigh, as well as with Second Harvest Food Banks in other regions, such as Fayetteville, Winston-Salem and Elizabeth City.
Food Bank volunteers and employees of Food Lion and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will exchange cans for Fair tickets.