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The Community Shelter of Union County provides a drive-thru pantry, and volunteers help load food these days with a mask on due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MONROE — The Community Shelter of Union County has received a $2,000 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation to keep locals in need fed. The Shelter reports it will use the gift to purchase food for its pantry and also for prepared meals programs.

“We appreciate the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation gift,” said Kathy Bragg, Shelter CEO, in a statement, “and Food Lion’s continued support of the community.”

With the declaration of the coronavirus emergency in March, the Shelter added a weekly mobile food pantry, which has provided 122,572 meals to 11,694 individuals. That amounts to 147,292 pounds of food distributed. And that’s in addition to the 13,122 meals served through the Shelter dining hall.

The Shelter provides emergency shelter, food and rehousing for people in Union County in need. In the last three fiscal years, the Community Shelter provided 47,161 nights of emergency shelter, 163,159 prepared meals, 4,523 food boxes and rehoused 285 households.

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants.