Front row: Sarah Wells (Good Samaritan Ministries), Kim Jamerson (Gray Community Chest), Capt. Nick Garrison (Salvation Army of JC), Jessica Poff and Elise Allen (American Cancer Society), back row: Art Powers (Johnson City Press), District Manager Rick B
Several area agencies were given a financial boost Tuesday when Food City handed out $64,000 in donations.
Second Harvest, Good Samaritan Ministries, Gray Community Chest, Haven of Mercy, the Johnson City Press Christmas Box program and Salvation Army each received money during a ceremony held Tuesday at the Food City in Gray.
The money was raised through Food City’s Race Against Hunger promotion, which ran from the end of October through the first of December.
Race Against Hunger is an annual promotion. Throughout the promotion, $1, $3, and $5 scanable cards were available at each Food City checkout. Customers wishing to make a donation simply selected the desired dollar amount and it was added to their grocery bill.
Money raised through the program stays in the local communities. The 2012-13 Race Against Hunger campaign raised more than $360,000.
“The beauty of this promotion is the fact that we get to help the folks who are right here in our community and (who are) from Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee,” said Rick Bishop, district manager. “Our customers understand and see the benefits each year from this promotion and the impact it has on each community.
“Food City provides people with food and we have a real passion to making sure everyone has the food they need, and this is one of the ways of giving back to the community and it ensures that we take care of the food banks and food ministries in the area for the people in need since there is a huge need in the area.”