PIGEON FORGE — Sevier County Food Ministries got an unexpected boost of $9,435.14 thanks to the generous work of The Old Mill and Citizens National Bank, who partnered together to raise money for the nonprofit.
The Old Mill sold three of their signature soups — corn chowder, loaded baked potato and tomato basil — at various bank locations throughout the week of Monday, Feb. 1. All proceeds went to Sevier County Food Ministries, and Citizens National Bank matched the funds raised by soup sales.
“We have to give a big shout out to Citizens National Bank and Jodi (Ramsey) because they grew our donation. They matched what we made dollar-for-dollar,” said Noah Smith, a member of marketing at The Old Mill who coordinated the event.
Ramsey, who is marketing director for Citizens National Bank, said the support from customers, bank staff and the community was unbelievable.
The sales grew as word got out about the soup, and sales were likely helped along not just by generosity but the chilly weather.
“That last day on Friday was really, really busy,” Ramsey said.
Sevier County Food Ministries director Jim Davis was surprised and grateful for the donation.
“This is amazing,” Davis said. “This is like three box truck loads (of food).”
Davis said they are currently buying staples like chili, beef stew, peanut butter, corn, green beans and eggs.