Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 7:35 am BOX LUNCH — First Citizens National Bank in downtown Union City is responding to an ever-increasing plea for nutritional assistance for families in need in this area by serving as a collection point for donated food items that will be distributed through the community’s Helping Hand ministry. “The need is there and we’ve got to all pull together. In the situation we are in now, we want to do all we can to help,” says bank president Joe Ward. Helping Hand director Stacia McIntosh said the agency is seeing an ever-increasing need for assistance from hungry families. She said the agency will pick up donated non-perishable food items once a week, or more often as donations fill the box on display at the bank. Donation boxes are also available at Union City First United Methodist Church at 420 East Main St. and at Regions Bank on West Reelfoot Avenue in Union City, as well as at the Helping Hand ministry at 430 North Miles Ave. in Union City. Monetary donations to purchase food for the food bank or to assist with utility bills may also be mailed to the ministry, whose hours are 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Kicking off the program Thursday at the bank were (from left) Mrs. McIntosh, bank vice president Candy Whipple, Ward and assistant vice president and customer service representative Sherry Naylor. According to Mrs. McIntosh, more than 200 families were served in a three-month period, marking the highest volume of assistance she has ever seen at the ministry.