ET Children’s Hospital gets Food City boost

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

Food City is a long-time supporter of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. We recently presented hospital representatives with a check for $6,200 to help fund upcoming programs.

Callie Hodge said, “Our partnership with Food City / KVAT Foods Inc. provides access to safe sleep for parents and babies across our 14 primary care locations in the East Tennessee region.

“With their generous donation, families will learn safe sleep practices through educational packets and tangible items like a Pack ‘N Play and SleepSack Swaddler to ensure confidence in their baby’s sleep schedule. Thank you, Food City!”

Addison Smith

Miss Food City: Addison Smith from Abingdon, Virginia, was crowned Miss Food City 2024 on Oct. 28, 2023, at The McGlothlin Center in Emory, Virginia. Addison is currently a student at the University of Tennessee. She was valedictorian of her high school class and has started her own photography business.

Addison will represent Food City at various company events and activities in the coming year, including the March 17 return of the Food City 500 to Bristol Motor Speedway and the September 20 Food City 300.

“We would like to thank all of the talented and accomplished young ladies who competed in this year’s pageant,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to have Addison represent our company and look forward to working with her in the coming year.”

Race Against Hunger: Since 1992, Food City – in partnership with its customers – has conducted the annual Race Against Hunger campaign to raise funds for local non-profit hunger relief organizations.

Food City officials, including Steven C. Smith, president and chief executive officer, and Kevin Stafford, vice president of marketing, are all in. Stafford calls it “a way to help those in need right here.”

Throughout the promotion, customers wishing to donate simply select the desired dollar amount and it is added to their order total. 100% of the proceeds benefit hunger relief and charitable organizations throughout our region.

Last year’s promotion raised over a half million dollars. We presented checks for $10,446.76 to Elaine Streno of Second Harvest East Tennessee and $4,100 to David Heatherly of Mission of Hope.

Vaccines available: Food City Pharmacy locations are once again providing the flu vaccine this immunization season. Seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against the most common strains of influenza. Vaccinations are available on a walk-up basis at Food City immunizing pharmacies and will continue throughout flu season, based upon vaccine availability. Visit for a complete list of immunizing locations.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.


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