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Bi-Lo bagging hunger during the holidays

Bi-Lo and the community are teaming up to help feed the hungry.

The annual Bi-Lo Bags Hunger campaign to raise money for local food banks is currently underway at the Thomson store, 669 Main Street. Interested customers may donate $1 or more at the register through a scan card to support the drive.

One hundred percent of all donations will go to Agape Ministries, a subsidiary of the Golden Harvest Food Bank, said Rick McCorkle, Bi-Lo manager.

"This campaign has been well responded to this year. Most people are very agreeable to helping out," Mr. McCorkle said.

"I encourage anyone who'd like to be part of this campaign to let the cashier know they want to donate," he said.

The annual campaign, which raised $500 last year, occurs in the fall to help replenish food banks and pantries which attempt to fulfill many holiday requests, he said.

The timing couldn't be better, said officials at Agape Ministries.

"It's really busy around here this time of year with Thanksgiving and Christmas," said Lois Reece, food pantry supervisor.

"We do everything we can to help those who need help in this area," she said.

Bi-Lo will conclude the fundraising effort Nov. 20.

The Bi-Lo Bags Hunger annual effort occurs throughout Bi-Lo's four-state trading area - South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. In eight years, it has contributed over $900,000 to area food banks and charities, according to a news release.



Web posted on Thursday, November 11, 2004


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