SALISBURY, NC – Throughout the 2022 college football season, Food Lion Feeds partnered with 33 higher education institutions to provide 828,000* meals to nourish neighbors in need.

Through the innovative effort to tackle hunger, Food Lion Feeds provided 1,000 meals per school for every quarterback sack made by the participating institution to each school’s local Feeding America® member food bank. Food Lion Feeds was founded in 2014 by Food Lion to address food insecurity in the towns and cities it serves.  

“As much as we are committed to ending hunger in the towns and cities we serve, we are just as energized by the support we rally in these football stadiums each time there is a quarterback sack and more meals are contributed to our partner food banks,” said Kevin Durkee, Manager, Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion. “While the football teams compete on the field, the students, fans and our neighbors join forces to help make a difference in their communities, working together to nourish families facing hunger.” 

Liberty University Flames led the season with 41 quarterback sacks, resulting in 41,000 meals for Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona, VA. Food Lion Feeds provided an additional 50,000 meals to that same food bank in memory of three University of Virginia players who lost their lives in a campus shooting in mid-November. 

In 2022, Food Lion Feeds’ Sack to Give Back program benefited 16 Feeding America member food banks serving communities where each school is located. Since 2019, the Sack to Give Back program resulted in more than 2.1 million meals provided to local food banks across Food Lion’s 10-state footprint. 

The participating schools, season sacks and correlating food banks which benefit from each school’s efforts are: 

School School Location Sacks / Meals Provided Food Bank Benefiting from Meal Donations 
Appalachian State University Boone, NC 29 sacks / 29,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC 
Bowie State University Bowie, MD 27 sacks / 27,000 meals provided Maryland Food Bank 
Catawba College Salisbury, NC 14 sacks / 14,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 
Chowan University Murfreesboro, NC 37 sacks / 37,000 meals provided + 2,000 meals** Food Bank of the Albemarle 
Clemson University Clemson, SC 35 sacks / 35,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 
Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC 30 sacks / 30,000 meals provided Lowcountry Food Bank 
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 25 sacks / 25,000 meals provided Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC 
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC 5 sacks / 5,000 meals provided Food Bank of the Albemarle 
Elon University Elon, NC 34 sacks / 34,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC 
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC 34 sacks / 34,000 meals provided + 8,000 meals** Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC 
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA 18 sacks / 18,000 meals provided America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia 
James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA 38 sacks / 38,000 meals provided Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC 19 sacks / 19,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA 41 sacks / 41,000 meals provided Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 
Lincoln University Oxford, PA 15 sacks / 15,000 meals provided Food Bank of Delaware 
Livingston College Salisbury, NC 10 sacks / 10,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Greensboro, NC 28 sacks / 28,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC 
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 25 sacks / 25,000 meals provided Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC 
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 30 sacks / 30,000 meals provided Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore 
Shaw University Raleigh, NC 11 sacks / 11,000 meals provided Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 
St. Augustine’s University Raleigh, NC 15 sacks / 15,000 meals provided Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC 
Towson University Towson, MD 22 sacks / 22,000 meals provided Maryland Food Bank 
University of Delaware Newark, DE 20 sacks / 20,000 meals provided Food Bank of Delaware 
University of Maryland Adelphi, MD 25 sacks / 25,000 meals provided Capital Area Food Bank 
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 16 sacks / 16,000 meals provided Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 
University of Richmond Richmond, VA 27 sacks / 27,000 meals provided + 2,000 meals**  Feed More 
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 30 sacks / 80,000* meals provided     *50,000 meals were donated in memory of three University of Virginia players who recently lost their lives  Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 
Virginia State University Petersburg, VA 21 sacks / 21,000 meals provided Feed More 
Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, VA 24 sacks / 24,000 meals provided Feeding Southwest Virginia 
Virginia Union University Richmond, VA 34 sacks / 34,000 meals provided Feed More 
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 28 sacks / 28,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC 
William and Mary College Williamsburg, VA 29 sacks / 29,000 meals provided Virginia Peninsula Foodbank 
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC 20 sacks / 20,000 meals provided Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC 

*The total meals provided for the season will increase due to upcoming playoffs, championships or bowl games. 

**Food Lion Feeds provides up to 2,000 meals for every quarterback sack made in a playoff, championship or bowl game. 

Editor’s note: The photos of check presentations do not represent the final results; they only recognize performance to date when the check presentation occurred.