Food City presents Unicoi County Church of God with a check to help with Second Harvest Food Bank. From left, Food City representative Kayla Salmons, Food City Manager Jacob Ratliff, Food City representative Austin Hensley, Unicoi County Church of God representative Eddie Blazer, Food City Representative Adam Carter and Food City representative Jeff Lucas. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

The Food City store, located at 110 N. Industrial Drive in Erwin, recently sent a donation of more than $1,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Store Manager Jacob Ratliff presented a check for $1,241.00 to Eddie Blazer with Unicoi Church of God, which has been raising money and supplies for Second Harvest Food Bank for more than 15 years.

According to Blazer, the funding will help feed roughly 445 families monthly.

“We keep busy and donations like this helps,” Blazer said.

Blazer also acknowledged that this donation goes a long way.

“We are very thankful for this; it really helps,” Blazer said.

The funds were raised during Food City’s Race Against Hunger campaign. Ratliff acknowledged that the funds were received prior to the opening of the Food City Erwin location.

He said he hopes that more funds will be raised with the upcoming Race Against Hunger, which will start at the Erwin Food City on Nov. 13.

“We will actually start our campaign on the 13th, and we hope to have more funds to donate next year,” Ratliff said. “We try to get all the money raised in so they can spend it on food and supplies before the fourth quarter.”

Ratliff also reported that Food City will be looking to help out any way they can.

“We can see there is always work to be done to help out,” Ratliff said. “We are always looking at ways to partner with the community. We encourage our shoppers to pair their Food City card with Unicoi County Schools so they can receive funds from Food City.”

For Ratliff, a chance to help the community is a rewarding venture.

“We have settled in nicely and I’m starting to learn customers’ names,” Ratliff said. “This community welcomed us with open arms; it’s been really exciting.”

If you are interested in helping Unicoi County Church of God, you can visit the office during normal business hours to fill out an application.

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