ABINGDON, VA (Thursday, June 30, 2011) – Earlier today, Food City officials, along with several of their customers presented a check in excess of $48,000 to area United Way Disaster Support Funds. The monies are earmarked to benefit victims devastated by the tornados that ripped through our region.
“Food City is a locally owned and operated company and we have seen first hand the devastating effects of the recent tornados. Many of our friends and neighbors have suffered extensive losses, including a number of our own associates,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
Area Food City locations conducted a collection drive May 19 through May 28th. Shoppers were given an opportunity to make a $1, $3, or $5 donation via scan able slips available at the check outs. The desired contribution was conveniently added to their order total.
“In the hours and days following the tragedy, our company made a corporate contribution of $10,000, in addition to truck loads of donated water, ice, food, product and empty boxes to assist area victims and volunteers in the clean-up efforts. Many of our associates have volunteered their time and resources, even taking vacation days to assist as well. But we also wanted to give our customers an opportunity to get involved and as you can see, the response was absolutely overwhelming,” said Smith.
The week long event raised a total of $48,142.01. The funds were distributed among the three United Ways (Russell/Washington Counties, Greene County and Pulaski County) serving some of the most heavily affected areas; each organization having established a fund dedicated exclusively to tornado relief efforts.
“Every penny of the monies collected for Washington County will go directly to the victims to assist in our rebuilding efforts,” said Travis Staton, chief executive officer for the United Way of Russell and Washington Counties. “We are so grateful to Food City and their customers and associates for once again stepping up to help our community in the greatest time of need.”
“We are extremely fortunate to live in such a kind and caring community, where folks still believe in lending a hand to help their neighbor,” said Smith. “I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our loyal customers and associates for their tremendous generosity, WCYB/WEMT for the opportunity to partner with their Path of Destruction, Road to Recovery campaign and our United Ways and many other local agencies who have provided vital assistance throughout our community during this difficult and trying time.”
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 106 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.