Food City customers fight hunger

Sandra ClarkHalls

Food City customers in the Knoxville area contributed $363,000 through the Race Against Hunger which was distributed Tuesday to several non-profit hunger relief organizations. Food City officials Emerson Breeden and Betsi James met representatives at the Western Avenue store.

The holiday promotion is co-sponsored by Kellogg’s.

Halls Food City designated two non-profits to receive donations from the company’s Race Against Hunger: Megan Boatwright, associate pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, accepts a check for $1,250; Halls store manager Travis Woody; Marvin Powers of the Halls Welfare Ministry accepts $1,750; and Emerson Breeden of Food City.

During the promotion, customers can make a donation by selecting the desired dollar amount which is added to their order total. One hundred percent of the donations are contributed to hunger relief and charitable organizations throughout the region.

“Millions of Americans need food assistance each year. The Food City Race Against Hunger is one way we can help those in need right here in our own area,” said Kevin Stafford, Food City vice president of marketing, in a press release.

In the last three years, the Knoxville division generated $677,114 in donations, said James, and the company total was $1,159,500.

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