Since 1957, Food Lion has instilled their passion for helping their community in everything they do and for 20 years, they have continuously lived out sustainability in their daily operations. Whether it is reducing food waste, conserving energy or sourcing products locally, Food Lion does their part to serve their communities. Currently, Food Lion has more than 1,100 stores nationwide, with 37 of those locations in Middle and East Tennessee.
Food Lion has reduced their food waste by 44%, across all of their stores, through their food rescue program and other reduction efforts. In 2000, they were the first grocery retailer in the U.S. to introduce a food rescue program with Feeding America and have been committed to donating food to local food banks who struggle with hunger. Since 2014, they have donated more than 339 million meals through their food rescue program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they donated more than $4.8 million in financial and food donations, totaling more than 32 million meals. They have set a goal to donate a total of 1.5 billion meals to their neighbors in need by 2025.
Looking at Food Lion’s stores in Tennessee, the grocery store chain donated 571,852 pounds of food to food banks in 2020. Food Lion is currently working to expand organics collection and composting efforts in their Tennessee stores.
Beyond Food Lion’s herculean food recovery efforts, the grocery store chain has also worked to address food waste through source reduction strategies. They have implemented new demand forecasting tools that help stores more efficiently order products, as they track the amount of food waste as a percentage of food purchased. They provide all staff with training on food waste reduction and food donation efforts, incorporating this training into the onboarding process.
Food Lion also diverts waste from landfills through composting in various stores and recycling organic waste. In 2020, Food Lion diverted 12,688 tons of waste through composting, animal feed and other diversion strategies. They have created partnerships in many communities with farmers to provide feed for animals, and in many cases, some farms that will take the food and organic waste and compost it right on the farm.
Their sustainability efforts extend all along the food chain, with their commitment to sourcing food sustainably. Food Lion has a sustainable seafood policy which covers over 2,500 products offered in stores and allows the company to trace seafood back to its original source. In February 2020, they partnered with the Ocean Disclosure Project to continue to provide transparency for seafood in their stores. By 2025, Food Lion plans to be 100% sustainably certified in their brand’s palm oil, pulp and paper products and packaging and to have a 100% cage-free shell egg assortment.
Moving forward, Food Lion continues to raise the bar in sustainability. As a U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion, they have committed to reducing food loss and waste in their operations by 50% by 2030 and are well on their way to meet and possibly exceed this goal. They are not only leaders in the grocery store sector, but also leaders in their communities.
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2021 - 10:53:45