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Food Lion foundation in on effort to help food banks

SALISBURY — Food Lion Charitable Foundation and the Western Union Foundation have joined forces to support programs that enrich the lives of children by donating a combined total of $200,000 to Feeding America and nine food banks.
The Food Lion Charitable Foundation’s contribution supports fighting child hunger, while the educational component is funded by the Western Union Foundation.
Food Lion Foundation President Kevin Hill and Frank Lockridge, vice president of strategic accounts at Western Union, presented checks to the food banks Oct. 15 at the Food Lion corporate offices in Salisbury.
Food banks that received grants are in Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, South Carolina and Virginia.
Food insecurity can be particularly devastating to children due to their increased vulnerability and potential for long-term consequences. According to research, children growing up in food-insecure families are vulnerable to poor health and stunted development from the earliest stages of life.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry.
Food Lion has announced the winners of the “Pack in the Savings” campaign benefitting schools in the company’s operating area. Food Lion plans to present checks to the grand prize winners by the end of October.
The winners in the Central Division:
Grand prize $25,000: Cluster Springs Elementary School; Alton, Va.
First place $10,000: Tyro Middle School; Lexington.
Second place $5,000: Millbridge Elementary School; China Grove.
During this three-week campaign, which ended Aug. 27, customers were able to help schools enrolled in the Food Lion Classroom by registering their MVP card and purchasing items specially marked with the “Pack in the Savings” tag. Food Lion donates nearly $1 million annually to more than 1,400 schools in its 10-state-operating market. The “Pack in the Savings” promotion is in addition to the annual program for schools.
KANNAPOLIS — Comfort Keepers and Whitley’s Funeral Home are hosting monthly seminars to educate seniors on healthy aging activities and options.
Susan Donaldson, senior center program manager for the Cabarrus Active Parks and Recreation, will speak at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday about opportunities offered at the facility.  The seminar will be held at Whitley’s Annex Chapel, 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. Limited seating and a light lunch will be provided for people who RSVP by emailing patricegordon@comfortkeepers.com or calling 704-630-0370, 704-640-5152.
SALISBURY — Lutheran Services of the Carolinas and Comfort Keepers In Home Care will host a seminar on the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Oaks Retirement Center, 728 Klumac Road in Salisbury. 
Guest speaker will be Marjorie Brown, an accredited claims attorney with the Veterans Administration. She will present an overview of the Aid and Attendance Pension, who qualifies and how to apply for those benefits. 
Refreshments will be provided for those who RSVP by Thursday by calling Comfort Keepers at 704-630-0370 or email patricegordon@comfortkeepers.com.
Bob Yon will show several techniques to control properties without having to spend cash at the Rowan Real Estate Investors and Associates meeting Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.
The group meets at China Buffet in Salisbury at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  China Buffet is on Arlington Street behind O’Charleys near Interstate 85 exit 76.
Call 704-762-1117 for more information.

MOCKSVILLE — Ingersoll Rand celebrated 3 million hours worked without a lost time incident at the company’s Mocksville facility. More than 400 employees enjoyed a congratulatory meal and remarks from plant leadership commemorating the milestone.
“Safety is ingrained in our culture at Ingersoll Rand. As we focus on the needs of our customers, we never underestimate the importance of working safely,” said Gilberto Cabello, Ingersoll Rand Mocksville plant manager. “I am proud to celebrate and congratulate the more than 400 Mocksville employees achieving 3 million hours without a lost time incident.”
Ingersoll Rand makes air compressors, tools, material handling and fluid management equipment. Employees are trained to take responsibility for eliminating hazards. During the past 18 months, more than 150 Mocksville employees acted as safety coaches, collaborating with individual teams to prevent unsafe acts and injuries and fortify safe work practices.
Ingersoll Rand Mocksville operations has a history of operating safely. The facility celebrated five million hours worked without a lost time incident in 2009.
The facility first opened its doors in 1965. Today, Mocksville employs more than 400 and produces multiple types of compressors for the food and beverage, processing, power generation, electronic and pharmaceutical industries as well as components for Trane chillers and Thermo King transport refrigeration units.
For more information about Ingersoll Rand, visit ingersollrandproducts.com or ingersollrand.com.
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