Fifth-grader’s letter persuades Food Lion to donate truckload of food

  • Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 3:48 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 3:49 p.m.
Jackson Denbroeder, a fifth-grader at Hickory Grove Christian School in Charlotte, unloads donations Thursday from a Food Lion truck after he wrote a letter asking for food for the school’s pantry. 
Jackson Denbroeder, a fifth-grader at Hickory Grove Christian School in Charlotte, unloads donations Thursday from a Food Lion truck after he wrote a letter asking for food for the school’s pantry. 

SALISBURY — A Charlotte fifth-grader learned the power of the pen when his letter prompted the Food Lion president to deliver a truckload of food to the pantry at his school.

When he was challenged with a language arts assignment called “Writing to Make a Difference,” Jackson Denbroeder, a fifth-grader at Hickory Grove Christian School, sent a letter to Food Lion requesting the donation. Food Lion is based in Salisbury.


Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell said she wanted to show Denbroeder that one person can make a difference in the community.

Denbroeder’s class, along with his family, watched the truck pull up Thursday morning and helped unload a roughly 10,000-item donation to the pantry at Hickory Grove Baptist Church Latin Campus, 6050 Hickory Grove Road, which feeds about 75 families a week.

Newlands Campbell and other Food Lion employees helped unload the donated items, which will feed hundreds of families.

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