Food Lion surprises neighborhood with free groceries

Food Lion surprised the Pine Knoll Townes neighborhood with free groceries as part of their Operation Grocery Drop.

Residents were able to select a variety of household staples to fill their pantries for free. Food Lion also handed out more than $10 in coupons to each family in the neighborhood.

Food Lion also plans to donate $20,000 to local Raleigh non-profit organizations as part of Operation Grocery Drop.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Operation Homefront and the SPCA of Wake County are all in competition to win the donation. Between June 16 and June 30, customers can log onto Food Lion's website to vote for their favorite charity. The agency with the most votes will receive the "lion's share," or largest contribution, of the $20,000 donation.

Food Lion said it expects to surprise other communities throughout the year. Additional neighborhoods will be announced in the near future.

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