Three local Food Lion stores made a surprise delivery to Cedar Ridge Elementary School on Thursday.
Jerry Shumate is the manager of store #1347 on U.S. 52. Chad Hiatt manages store #288 on West Pine Street, and Marty Bauguess manages #441 on West Lebanon Street.
The three men arrived with two vehicles loaded down with food donated by the corporation to support the backpack program.
For some needy children, the school breakfast and lunch programs are the best meals these children receive in a day. In order to ensure these kids don’t go hungry on weekends and school vacations, local schools will collect donations of food (or cash to buy food) and send them home with the children in their backpacks.
Sonia Dickerson, Surry County Schools director of communications, said that Amanda Moser, Cedar Ridge counselor, had filled out an application with Food Lion for the food. However, Moser didn’t know that the application had been approved.
Because she will be taking a maternity leave soon, Moser was concerned about keeping the backpack program going strong while she is out.
There are 26 families with a total of 40 Cedar Ridge students that are helped by the backpack program.
Food Lion’s donation will keep the backpacks filled for a good while.
The three managers, with the help of some school employees, unloaded more than 50 12-packs of canned goods, coming to more than 600 cans in total of items like mixed vegetables, beef stew, ravioli, tuna and potatoes.
Once that dolly was loaded down, another conveyance was packed with items like peanut butter, applesauce, fruit cups and juice.
Because Moser was surprised by the application approval, the school counselor, as well as the principal and assistant principal, wasn’t on hand to see the delivery made.
Dickerson said many county school employees were out of town at an education event.
Moser didn’t get a chance to thank the managers in person, but she does greatly appreciate the gift.
Because the items donated were non-perishables, the school won’t have any problem with making the food last into the fall.
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