CHARLOTTE — Time Out Youth (TOY) has received $10,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. TOY will use the gift to improve their Speak Easy Community Outreach and Education program, as well as supplement the Emergency Housing program.
From left to right: Organizational Development Manager Brandon G. Major, Food Lion; TOY Executive Director Mette Andersen; TOY Board President Judy Seldin-Cohen; District Manager (Charlotte South Area) Patty Holt, Food Lion.
“We are very excited to receive this grant from Food Lion. Community support is vital for our progress and Food Lion’s contribution is important both financially and for the implied moral support of our mission,” said Executive Director Mette Andersen.
For 16 years, TOY has provided the greater Charlotte area lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth with a safe space, in addition to advocacy and education work in the community. Speak Easy is an outreach and education program, with an additional focus on youth empowerment. The presentations rely heavily on the stories that our empowered youth tell about coming out, relationships with friends and family and what it’s like being out at school or work. In 2006, TOY reached an incredible 1,480 people (up from 968 in 2005) and the vast majority gave very positive feedback.
Emergency Housing continues to be a much sought-after program. With the changing trend the last few years toward more openness about sexual orientation and gender identity, TOY has seen a tremendous increase in need for assistance. A recent study revealed that 26 percent of gay teens that came out to their parents were kicked out of their homes and the trend is still pointing upward.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to improving the communities in which Food Lion operates.
The Foundation places an emphasis on the support of primary and secondary education, feeding the hungry, and organizations that enhance the quality of life in Food Lion’s local communities.
Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group.