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Food Lion donates $500,000 to NC food banks

Here’s a bit of news on a good deed in the grocery business that I thought I’d pass along.

Food Lion said Wednesday that it will donate gift cards to food banks across North Carolina after benefits to needy women and children were suspended in reaction to the federal government shutdown.

The Salisbury, N.C.-based supermarket chain said it will donate $500,000 in Food Lion gift cards, in $5 increments.

The gift cards will be distributed to food banks in Raleigh, Asheville, Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in the Triangle are recepients.

The gift was announced Wednesday after the suspension of benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) because of the federal government shutdown.