The 2019 Race Against Hunger
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.