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Fayetteville Food Lion surprises deployed soldier's wife with free groceries

Posted June 11, 2015

— When deployed soldier SSG Jonathan Brungerwood decided to surprise his wife by having her groceries delivered, he received an unexpected surprise as well. Not only did his favorite Fayetteville Food Lion take his order, do the shopping and deliver the groceries as a birthday surprise for her, they paid for the whole order!

SSG Brungerwood wrote to WRAL this week to share his story. He and his wife, Christin Swann Brungerwood, shop at the same Food Lion on Cliffdale Road in Fayetteville all the time. He wrote: “I'm stationed in Korea right now and she is holding down the fort on her own. Our Food Lion is very friendly, and she has been doing everything on her own now for five months so I wanted to do something nice for her.”

SSG Brungerwood called the store and spoke with Brittany Bourassa, the assistant store manager. He asked if they could grocery shop for him if he emailed a list to the store. Then he asked if there was any way they could deliver the groceries to his wife as a surprise. He wanted her to have one less thing on her plate during the week of her birthday.

The folks at Food Lion agreed to help pick out and deliver $266 worth of groceries. Then they turned the tables on him and surprised SSG Brungerwood by letting him know that they would not be charging him for any of the groceries! Bourassa said Food Lion wanted to “thank him for his sacrifice and for everything he does.”

SSG Brungerwood said, “They sent the managerial team to my house with the groceries to thank my wife for being a military spouse. They made us Food Lion shoppers for life!”


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  • RockMan Jun 12, 2015

    and let not forget kudos to the husband. if it were not for him arranging this, food lion would have not been able to honor our military families like they did!

  • luvstoQ Jun 11, 2015

    What a kind act by Food Lion and SSG Brungerwood for his wife - a very warm story!

  • GranOFTwenty Jun 11, 2015

    WOW what a wondeful act by FOOD LION !!
    I will definitely remember this when I choose where to shop .

  • Big Mike Jun 11, 2015

    That's absolutely awesome. WTG Food Lion!

  • iceman2262 Jun 11, 2015

    Way to go Food Lion!! And a very special thanks to SSG Brungerwood for your service to this country and for doing something special for your wife when you are so far away. a win win all around!!

  • raesmom1612 Jun 11, 2015

    I am crying right now!! What a beautiful story on SSG Brungerwoods part for doing something nice for his wife and for FL for thanking him in the way that they did!! Speaks volumes to the level of customer service that most grocery stores should have!! Thank you for sharing Faye and thank SSG Brugerwood and his family for what they do everyday :)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 11, 2015

    NAVY MOM - I totally agree!

  • NAVY MOM Jun 11, 2015

    So nice of Food Lion to do this! Kudos to them and many thanks to SSG Brungerwood and wife for all they do!!