Food City donates gifts cards to those feeding the less fortunate

The 2019 Race Against Hunger

  • Representatives of area food pantries join Clinton Food City Manager Sam Turner to receive gift cards from the store’s annual Race Against Hunger campaign, in which customers are asked during checkout if they would donate to the cause. From left are Jack Jones of First Baptist Church, Turner, Cherie Phillips of the Office on Aging and Senior Center, Jimmy Jones of South Clinton Baptist Church, Connie Klinkhammer of Community Action, and Gibbie Seals and Scott Wilkes of Memorial United Methodist Church. - G. Chambers Williams III

  • Jim Nobles, director of the food pantry at Clinton’s Second Baptist Church, receives a gift card donation from Food City Manager Sam Turner on Monday from the store’s annual Race Against Hunger drive. This year’s drive was expected to raise a total of about $10,000 for area food pantries and other programs to feed the needy. - G. Chambers Williams III

Clinton’s Food City supermarket handed out about $10,000 worth of food gift cards last week to various food charities in the area in the culmination of this year’s Race Against Hunger campaign.

The annual campaign involves Food City cashiers asking customers to make donations in the Race Against Hunger for as little as $1 each as the customers check out at the registers.

“We’ve been doing this as long as I’ve been at this store,” Clinton Food City Manager Sam Turner said. “That’s been at least 20 years. But it was going on even before I came here.”

Turner said the campaign raised $9,000 last year.

The proceeds are divided equally and handed out to the participating food charities through Food City gift cards, which the various food pantries and other organizations can use to purchase food for their programs designed to feed the needy.

Organizations that were presented gift cards from this year’s donations are: Memorial United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, South Clinton Baptist Church, Community Action of Anderson County, the Child Advocacy Center of Clinton, and the Anderson County Office on Aging and Senior Center.

Representatives of the churches and other organizations that were selected to receive the donations were on hand Monday afternoon for the gift card presentations. The three churches and Community Action operate food pantries, their representatives said.