Food City has kicked off its second annual Friends/Pets in Need Holiday Food Drive.

The drive began Wednesday, Nov. 13, and continues through Dec. 31.

Specially marked bags containing nonperishable food items or pet food products are available for purchase for $10, plus tax, at all area Food City locations, including in Alcoa and Maryville.

Customers wishing to purchase food bags or pet food bags may deposit them in the collection bins located at the front of the store.

One-hundred percent of the products collected will benefit local hunger relief organizations and animal shelters throughout the region, a news release said.

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