Food City gets award at Purple Heart Luncheon

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

Food City served as the presenting sponsor of Purple Heart Luncheon hosted by the United Veterans Council of East Tennessee at The Foundry in Knoxville, Tennessee, on August 7, 2023. U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett was luncheon speaker.

Chris Albrecht, president and public information officer of the Purple Heart Chapter 356, recognized Food City during the luncheon for our company’s support of The Wall that Heals both times it was hosted in Knoxville. Food City was presented the flag that was flown over The Wall that Heals in Knoxville in 2022.

I was proud to represent Food City at this event.

$10K donation to Folds of Honor

At the Folds of Honor presentation are Tony Higginbotham, Food City store manager; Tom Defacci, Anheuser-Busch commercial manager; Steve Merrell, Eagle Distributing Company sales & marketing director; Jason Michelson, Folds of Honor Tennessee; Erin Russell, Food City store manager; Barry Brogan, Food City district manager; Donnie Wells, Food City store manager; and Ron Tacker, Food City executive vice president of operations, Knoxville Division.

Food City partnered with Eagle Distributing, Holston Distributing and Tri Star Distributing to host a promotion to benefit Anheuser-Busch’s Folds of Honor program. The promotion ran in all Food City locations from May 23 to July 4.

The program honors the sacrifices of America’s veterans by providing scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

Food City donated $1 for every case of Budweiser 24-pack of 12 oz. cans purchased from Eagle Distributing, Holston Distributing and Tri Star Distributing during the promotion. Company officials presented a check for $10,000 to the Folds of Honor program on Aug. 3 at the Food City on Malone Creek Drive.

2023 Food City Pep Rallies for Tennessee Vols:

  • Sept 8 – Austin Peay – Food City #672, 9565 Middlebrook Pike
  • Sept 22 – USTA – Food City #688, 7202 Maynardville Hwy., Halls
  • Sept 29 – South Carolina – Food City #626, 1388 Tesla Blvd., Alcoa
  • Oct 13 – Texas A&M – Food City #682, 7608 Mountain Grove Drive

Come meet cheerleaders; Smokey, both dog and mascot; vendors with samples; and register to win game tickets.

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.


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