Food Lion donates 500 millionth meal
SALISBURY, N.C. – With one in eight neighbors, including one in six children, facing hunger across its 10-state footprint, Food Lion set out to help its neighbors by launching Food Lion Feeds, the company’s hunger-relief initiative, in 2014.
After committing to donate 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food Lion announced that it has reached its goal more than 18 months early.
“Each of these 500 million meals has helped one of our neighbors who did not know where their next meal would come from – children, seniors, service members, veterans and families across our footprint who were faced with the impossible choices caused by hunger,” Food Lion President Meg Ham said. “We won’t accept that many of our neighbors are food-insecure and struggle to nourish their families, so we felt compelled to take action by uniting with our customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry.”
To achieve this feat, the retailer worked with its national hunger-relief partner, Feeding America, and the 30 Feeding America-affiliated food banks across Food Lion’s 10-state service territory to identify opportunities to help and feed their neighbors. Additionally, Food Lion Feeds has made significant capital campaign commitments to partner food banks to increase access to nutritious food and create life-changing programs, including Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia ($1 million) and Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston. ($300,000).
For more information on Food Lion’s commitment to fighting hunger in the towns and cities it serves and how to help, visit www.foodlion.com.
Exeter buys 77 acres at Camp Hall Commerce Park
MONCKS CORNER – Santee Cooper closed on a sale with Exeter Property Group for the purchase of a 77-acre tract of land, 75 acres of which are developable, at Camp Hall Commerce Park.
Exeter, having just completed the permitting process, plans to build a logistics park with three speculative buildings totaling approximately 945,000 square feet of ready-to-lease industrial space for bulk warehouse and distribution.
“We are excited to welcome Exeter, a first-class developer, to Camp Hall. This sale marks a major milestone at Camp Hall since Volvo Car USA launched their new auto manufacturing plant last summer,” said Pamela Williams, Santee Cooper senior vice president and CFO. “In addition, the sale signals the progression of Camp Hall as a world-class commerce park designed for the needs of the next generation of industry. It also advances our mission of improving the lives of all South Carolinians and will bring economic benefits to South Carolina and the surrounding community.”
Exeter’s speculative buildings will sit on Camp Hall’s Campus 4 near the intersection of Fish Road and Volvo Car Drive.
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Camp Hall is located in the Charleston, South Carolina, area, and has remaining more than 1,300 developable acres and 1,950 acres of preserved land. Home to Volvo Car USA’s first North American manufacturing plant, Camp Hall could ultimately house more than 10,000 jobs.
MUSC Health links with Hampton hospital
CHARLESTON – MUSC Health, the clinical enterprise of the Medical University of South Carolina, has signed a strategic alliance with Hampton Regional Medical Center in Hampton.
Together, MUSC and HRMC plan to extend primary and specialty care to serve Hampton County and surrounding areas by leveraging the combination of advanced practitioners, the latest telehealth services and supportive oversight by MUSC specialists.
“South Carolina continues to be one of the nation’s leaders in telemedicine, due in no small part to the fantastic work in the field being done by MUSC,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “Telemedicine is a vital component of rural health care, and we couldn’t be happier with this new partnership between MUSC and Hampton Regional Medical Center.”
“Oftentimes, people living in the service areas of rural hospitals travel to larger facilities in urban areas to receive care that, with today’s telehealth technology, can be provided closer to home,” said Patrick J. Cawley, MUSC Health CEO and vice president for Health Affairs, University.
Outmigration, which describes rural residents who leave their communities for health care needs, may be necessary when an advanced level of care is required; however, in many instances, rural residents can receive the quality care they need in their home communities.
In recent years, four rural, South Carolina hospitals have closed due to financial forces that made their operations unsustainable, including an insufficient volume of patients, escalating costs, and decreasing reimbursements for services delivered. The market challenges that precipitated these closures continue to mount, making immediate access to quality care difficult at best in many rural areas.
HRMC, an 82,000-square-foot, 32-bed facility, also encompasses adjacent medical office buildings with state-of-the-art facilities to serve the community. Unlike many rural health facilities with aging infrastructure, HRMC is uniquely positioned to care for the community effectively without the need for large capital investment.
Walgreens is Loop partner
NEW YORK -- Loop, a state-of-the-art circular shopping system, officially launched the pilot program in the Mid-Atlantic region of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C., and announced Kroger and Walgreens, respectively the country’s largest grocery retailer and one of the largest pharmacy chains, as the founding retailers in the United States.
First announced at the World Economic Forum in January, Loop enables consumers to responsibly consume a variety of commonly used products from leading consumer brands in customized, brand-specific durable packaging that is delivered in a specially designed reusable shipping tote. When finished with the product, the packaging is collected, cleaned, refilled and reused – creating a revolutionary circular shopping system.
In the future, the partners aim to enable more consumers to purchase Loop products online and in stores in select Kroger and Walgreens markets.
“Walgreens is excited about this opportunity to help consumers purchase sustainably packaged products and contribute to a healthier planet,” said Lauren Brindley, Walgreens group vice president of beauty and personal care. “Innovative collaborations with partners like Loop are critical to solving the complex issue of reducing single-use plastics. Our customers look to us to innovate so that together we can reduce waste and increase re-use.”