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Each year, Food City’s School Bucks program provides educational tools and equipment to participating schools throughout the supermarket retailer’s market area. Food City is currently mailing out contribution checks from its 2021-2022 program.

Food City contributes $700,000 each school year to more than a thousand participating area schools. The 2022-2023 School Bucks program will run through May 9, 2023. For every dollar Food City shoppers spend using their ValuCard, they will receive one School Bucks point. Customers can link their Food City ValuCard to the participating schools here. School allocations are based on the percentage of customer purchases assigned to each participating school. Schools can monitor their progress online at

Guess who got Associate of the Month for September. Betsi James, of course. And just as she left for vacation.

Food City is committed to this program. Since its inception, we have awarded more than $21.4 million directly to schools.

UT Pep Rally and Food City smoker

Stock up on Game Day supplies at your local Food City. For fall, look for these upcoming parking lot celebrations. The Food City smoker sells pork by the pound or the sandwich. Pep rallies generally include UT cheerleaders, Smokey, samples from vendors and giveways including UT football tickets. Here’s the schedule:

  • Friday, Sept 23, store #682 Mountain Grove, South Knox County
  • Friday, Oct 14, store #694 Deane Hill
  • Friday, Oct 21, store #678 Malone Creek
  • Friday, Oct. 28, North Knox, store #679 Powell.

Food City 300 will be Friday, September 16, with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin as grand marshal. This year is the 30th anniversary of the popular NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Food City continues to hire for full- or part-time jobs, entry-level or skilled positions. Interested candidates can apply online at or visit any Food City store to complete an application.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions. Food City’s corporate office contributed to this report.


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