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LaFollette Food City grocery donates to local food pantries

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By Crystal Huskey

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Food City presented Open Arms Ministry with a check for $2,000 and another $3,000 check to Food Life Services. Both organizations serve as food pantries in Campbell County.

The funds were raised last year during the grocery store’s annual “Race Against Hunger” campaign, which is co-sponsored by Kellogg’s.

The fundraiser is going on now through Nov. 29 and $1, $3, and $5 scannable cards are available at each Food City checkout. When the cards are purchased, the amount is added to the customer’s grocery bill. 

Open Arms Ministries served over 1,800 people last month.

“We have over 6,000 people in our computer system,” said Patty Nighbert, president of Open Arms. “We’ve had several people come in over the past two weeks that haven’t been there for a few years. A lot of them are seniors that are having to buy medicine instead of food, so this makes a big difference.”

Open Arms has ordered turkeys for Thanksgiving, dressing, mashed potatoes, yams and green beans, which clients will receive on top of what they would normally get. Part of the money they received from Food City will go toward that.

Jim Holtslag, treasurer with Food Life Services, received the check for his organization. They give out about 6,000 pounds of food per week, according to Holtslag, and have around 1,200 people on their rolls.

The checks were presented by store manager Shain Arnold and Karen McGuire.