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Food Lion Donates $500K To Help WIC Families

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(Photo by: Nichole Jaworski/CBS Charlotte)

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SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Food Lion is donating $500,000 to several North Carolina food banks to help people who lost federal food vouchers because of the government shutdown.

Food Lion is donating the money in $5 gift cards to food banks in Asheville, Charlotte, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Company officials say the grocery store chain is donating the money because the federal government shutdown has closed a program called WIC — the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Food banks will distribute the gift cards to partner agencies and constituents in the next several weeks or buy food for the food bank.

Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell says she hopes the cards help families who must make tough choices, like whether to pay rent or buy formula.

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