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7/20/2021 3:14:00 PM
The Corner Table Receives $2,000 Grant

Wayne Howard

Newton's The Corner Table has received $2,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to help feed local neighbors in their time of need. The Corner Table will use the gift to purchase food supplies for their soup kitchen program.

“Funding of this type plays a crucial role in purchasing the necessary items needed to fulfil our feeding programs,” said Summer Jenkins, Executive Director. “We are blessed to have community partners such as Food Lion who believe in what we do.”

The Corner Table provides meals with compassion, respect, and dignity to those in our community affected by hunger through various feeding programs: soup kitchen, to-go-bags, frozen meals, and backpacks for students. The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity across it 10-state footprint. Established in 2001, the foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding local neighbors in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants.

Another important opportunity to help feed the hungry will be happening October 8-10 in downtown Hickory.  Cancelled last year because of the pandemic, Hickory's Oktoberfest returns this year, and so does the Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans.  The Castle of Cans is the charity component of Hickory's annual Oktoberfest celebration. It was named in honor of Susan Coleman after her death in 2013.  She was the volunteer organizer of the first Castle of Cans food drive in 1999 and she continued to chair the Oktoberfest charity food drive each year until her death.  Last year, with no celebration, the Castle of Cans, like many other things, had to go virtual.  

The community responded, and during October 2020, the effort collected 77,462 pounds of food, more than doubling the previous record of 30,933 pounds in 2019.
The Castle of Cans and Oktoberfest are sponsored by the Downtown Hickory Association and Food Lion.

About The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, based in Salisbury. Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to eliminating hunger. The charitable foundation has provided more than $15 million in grant funding helping to nourish communities with fresh food for backpack programs, Kids Cafés, and other hunger-relief programs as well as funding for longterm programs to help shorten the lines at food banks. The charitable foundation partners with Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief agency, in addition to local food agencies serving the 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in which Food Lion operates. For more information, visit

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