Food Lion has leveraged our partnership with CIAA to provide wonderful opportunities in our community.

The online voting component will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, and end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019. As a contestant for Food Lion's Miss CIAA title, we would like for each queen to continue this act of awareness by encouraging students, staff, alumni, family, and community to view their profiles and cast a vote.

The voting is only one component of the overall score for the Miss CIAA title, which means having the highest number of votes does not guarantee winning. However, the queen with the most votes will receive a $2,500.00 scholarship from Food Lion for the food pantry in the local school’s city/town.

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The CIAA Essay Competition, a partnership between Food Lion & Coca-Cola, and provides $30,000 in scholarships to students from different CIAA Institutions. This year's topic is "How do you Live the Legacy in your College/University’s community?” Submissions will be accepted until February 7th.

The winners will be notified by end of February. The 4 Grand Prize Winners will be announced at the Men's Championship game, Saturday, March 3rd, at halftime.


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Tip Off to Culinary Creativity will start at our Food Lion Kitchen on Friday, March 2nd - 3rd at the CIAA Fan Fest. Join us at the Charlotte Convention Center for two days of flavor, fun and free giveaways.

Our starting line up includes a variety of delicious dishes from our celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, sensational sampling all weekend, our crowd favorite game show Food Lion Face Off, valuable coupons, takeaway products, free photos and so much more.

Every one is a winner at the Food Lion Kitchen during CIAA Fan Fest. See our schedule here...

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The CIAA Conference will host a Career Fair on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Charlotte Convention Center. Food Lion will be present and accepting resumes from all interested CIAA students for the range of early talent programs we offer – Retail Management Training program and our Summer Internship program.

Stop by our booth to learn more about the different career opportunities with Food Lion! The right job is just a click away.


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The 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's (CIAA) annual basketball tournament comes to the Spectrum Arena in uptown Charlotte, and again, Food Lion is playing an important role! Food Lion has served as the exclusive food/retail sponsor of the CIAA Tournament as well as the title sponsor of the Women's Tournament for the past 25 years!

The CIAA is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the nation, comprising 13 colleges and universities from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Food Lion proudly serves many of the communities where these schools are located.

Our partnership with the CIAA supports athletics, celebrates education, promotes wellness, and recognizes diversity and inclusion. We are honored to support CIAA students, fans and customers through scholarships and sponsored activities during this year’s tournament. Since 2003, Food Lion has donated more than $5 million towards scholarships at CIAA member schools. We have also employed many CIAA students and alumni through our early talent programs.