Last month, Jane Beshear, the First Lady of Kentucky, announced that Food City will be participating in the upcoming Shop and Share Day. The event is a one-day drive to gather necessities for domestic violence shelters across Kentucky. The initiative supports victims and their children.
“As a locally owned and operated company, Food City is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “We’re proud to join First Lady Beshear to aid such a worthy cause.”
First Lady Beshear joined anti-domestic violence advocates to urge Kentuckians to volunteer and participate in the annual event. “All of us are aware of the appalling crime of domestic violence, and many Kentuckians have had friends or family members who have been victims themselves,” she said. “However, many Kentuckians are unaware of the struggles that shelters face to provide victims with the everyday goods they need to help get back on their feet. By volunteering their time or donating goods on ‘Shop and Share Day,’ Kentuckians can easily offer a positive influence on victims’ lives.”
Food City locations throughout southeastern Kentucky will participate in the annual drive, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand from local Girl Scout troops and the three area domestic violence shelters to provide shoppers with a list of much needed items, such as nonperishable foods, housekeeping and personal care items. For added convenience, a selection of items will also be available on a special in-store display. Monetary donations will be accepted by on-site volunteers as well. All contributions will directly benefit the three local shelters: LKLP Safe House, Sandy Valley Abuse Center and Safe Harbor.
The KDVA was founded in 1981 and is a coalition of Kentucky’s 15 domestic violence programs providing services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Its purpose is to provide mutual support, information, resource sharing and technical assistance; to coordinate statewide services; and to advocate collectively on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
For more information on “Shop and Share Day”, including volunteer sign-up links, visit firstlady. ky. gov/ Pages/ shopshare. aspx.