As part of our commitment to improving the communities where we operate, we strive to protect our world for future generations. We look for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle our resources. Some examples of steps we have taken are:
In partnership with Duke Energy, MDI installed charging stations for reefers at the distribution center in Hickory, NC. These stations allow reefers that keep the trailers cold to run on electricity instead of diesel fuel. Both MDI trucks and over the road trucks use these stations to save fuel, reduce emissions, and reduce noise pollution.
All Alex Lee facilities use energy saving lights. In the warehouse, we have LED lights with motion sensors that turn lights off when there is no activity in the area. We also use LED lights in our stores with motion sensors in the frozen cases so that they only turn on when a guest is near the case. Converting the facilities to LED lights resulted in significant power savings.
We recycle cardboard and plastic at our facilities. We also provide recycling options at the front of every store.
We have perishable pick up programs at our stores and at our distribution center. Our partner food banks and soup kitchens pick up perishable products regularly to put this product to good use feeding the hungry and reducing waste in the process.
Lowes Foods is now a participant in the North Carolina 10% Campaign, pledging to source at least 10% of their purchases from North Carolina. Lowes Foods already exceeds the 10% locally grown goal for fresh fruits and vegetables in their North Carolina stores during the North Carolina growing season. We are striving to sell even more this year. Lowes Foods is seeking North Carolina products across many categories including seafood and packaged products, and we are actively working with farmers to teach them the best way to get their products through the distribution system of a large grocery chain.