CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion Feeds launched the 2018 Dunk Hunger food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Thursday.
Volunteers from the Hornets, Food Lion and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina are building a structure made of donated Food Lion-branded food cans and boxes at Spectrum Center.
The structure, which was designed by Odell architecture firm, is made to resemble the Hornets bench and includes five players created with cans, as well as an extra seat for the "Sixth Man" that will be accessible for fans to take photos. It will be located on the main concourse outside Section 104 and will remain standing through Jan. 26.
"We are proud to once again team with our great partners at Food Lion Feeds to help fight hunger within our community," said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. "We encourage all Hornets fans to join us and support our neighbors who are in need by bringing donations to our seven home games remaining this month."
At each Hornets home game from Friday through Jan. 26, fans donating a boxed, nonperishable food item or at least $3 cash will be offered an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win four lower-level seats to the Hornets game against the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 2. All donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
"As the Official Hunger Relief Partner of the Charlotte Hornets, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to help raise awareness about hunger in the Charlotte community through this food drive and in-arena exhibit," said Pat Taft, Community Relations Manager for Food Lion. "We hope Hornets fans and Charlotte-area residents will join us in the fight against hunger in our home market and participate in donating food to help nourish our neighbors in the Charlotte community who are struggling with hunger."
"Second Harvest Food Bank is so grateful to have partners like the Charlotte Hornets and Food Lion that work with us to insure that every child, senior and working poor family in our region has enough to eat every single day," said Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Chief Executive Officer Kay Carter. "We would encourage all of the Hornets fans to support this food drive and help us reach our goal of a community free from hunger."