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Bi-Lo Supports Bread Of Life Community Kitchen


Bi-Lo donates fresh produce, deli and bakery items to Bread Of Life Free Community Kitchen every day. (Courtesy photo)

The director and board of the Bread of Life Free Community Kitchen have expressed their thanks to the management of Bi-Lo Grocery for actively supporting their program for the past five years.

“Director Marcia Early, and co-manager Shawn Hampton have faithfully and enthusiastically assisted us in our ongoing, growing, efforts to provide nutritious meals for those in need in Transylvania County,” said Don Rogers.

The Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo store contributes fresh produce, deli and bakery items to the bread of life kitchen daily.

Bread of Life operations director Michael Collins said, “there is no way, especially this time of year, we could prepare fresh salads daily for 200, without Bi-Lo’s help.”

Also vital to the effort is local farmer, Michael Sivore, and the Pisgah Forest Baptist Church men’s group who pick up and deliver the donated food to the Bread of Life.

This past February the Bread of Life used the food to prepare and serve an average of 191 meals per day to Transylvania County residents.

In addition to daily donations, the Bi-Lo store provides pre-packaged boxes of canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna, peanut butter and assorted dry goods through its “Bags For Hunger” program. The next donation of those boxes of foods, which are distributed by the Bread of Life directly to needy families, will take place in June.

Another contribution the Bi-Lo store has made is the number of store employees who volunteer their time and talent. By bundling individual food donations into manageable packages, they assist daily in keeping the Bread of Life functioning.

To learn more about Bread of Life’s mission or to become a part of the program, visit the community kitchen at 248 S. Caldwell St. or


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