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Updated 6/11/2012.

Homeowners in one Raleigh neighborhood will wake up to free groceries on Saturday, June 16.

Food Lion employees will be unloading 20 heaping shopping carts, rolling them up to people's front porches and ringing doorbells.

Unsuspecting residents will be asked to help themselves to 15 items each out of the carts.

The name of the neighborhood is being kept under wraps, said Food Lion spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown. But doorbells will start ringing at 10 a.m.

The Saturday morning stunt -- dubbed Operation Grocery Drop -- is the latest of several marketing campaigns launched to create buzz about the Food Lion chain, which has struggled in recent years.

In January, Food Lion's parent company, the Belgian conglomerate Delhaize Group, announced it would close 126 underperforming stores across its three brands - 113 of them Food Lion stores, including one in Cary.

In March, Food Lion offered a double coupon promotion for two weeks in its Triangle stores. It was the first time Food Lion had offered double coupons in the highly competitive Triangle grocery market, where competitors routinely double the face value of coupons.

Last year, the grocer cut prices on 6,000 items, reorganized shelves, added shopping carts, increased staffing and made efforts to improve customer service.

Raleigh will be the first city to host the grocery giveaway, but the retailer will do it again in other locations, Phillips-Brown said.

In addition to the free groceries, residents will be given coupons for Food Lion's My Essentials brand of products.

Local charities will also benefit from the event, Phillips-Brown said. Food Lion has pledged to donate $20,000 to three local charities, she said.

The money will be divided among the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Operation Homefront North Carolina and the SPCA of Wake County.

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Food Lion----alas!

Time was--alas!--Food Lion was the old back-up, the old stand-by, the store you could go to for Carolina catfish and pet food and low paper-product prices!

All the prices--just below the Krogers, the Harris Teeters!

But no more!  Now, the prices in the stratosphere. Though the stores are as pristine as hospital corridors.

I hope I don't get beets

I like Food Lion due to it being  the first chain to bust the A&P, Kroger, etc. higher prices and for having the same prices in every location, even the beach. It started in Salisbury, NC as I recall. They lost a ton of money when they tried moving into Texas with NC strategy, once where having lowest prices on staples, such as sugar, corn, flour, oils, salt & pepper and the like. Seems Texas wanted prepared foods, not something to cook. I don't think this is going to get the attention and increased business FL wants. 

check the expiration dates

Now Food Lion will be able to give away all of that expired merchandise that they usually just leave on the shelves for sale.

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