Food City boosts Medal of Honor Society

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats, West Knoxville

Food City executives were in West Knoxville on Nov. 30 to present a check for $157,610.75 to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society which brought the Medal of Honor Celebration to Knoxville in September. The presentation was at the Deane Hill Food City, 284 Morrell Road.

Food City hosted a fundraising campaign to benefit the 2022 Medal of Honor Convention from August 31 through September 9 in all Food City locations. Shoppers could make a $1, $3 or $5 donation at the checkout.

The Medal of Honor Celebration in September 2022 followed a successful celebration here in 2014. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military honor. Bestowed by the President of the United States, it’s awarded to members of the armed forces who “distinguish themselves through conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy of the United States.”

Since its inception, just over 3,500 individuals have been awarded the medal. There are currently fewer than 70 living recipients.

Santa Claus is coming …

Santa is coming to select Food City locations throughout the holidays, compliments of our friends at Coca-Cola. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend and enjoy photos with Santa and other festive holiday traditions. Bring your phone or camera to capture the magic. Santa’s visits will be 6-8 p.m. at each store. Knoxville area locations are here:

  • 2120 Highway 411, Vonore – Dec. 7
  • 2310 McGrady Drive, Cleveland – Dec. 7
  • 300 Market Drive, Lenoir City – Dec. 8
  • 6710 Malone Creek Dr., Knoxville – Dec. 12
  • 1212 State Street, White Pine – Dec. 13
  • 284 Morrell Road, Knoxville – Dec. 13
  • 9565 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville – Dec. 14
  • 11501 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville –Dec. 15

Free Breakfast: Buzz Buswell invites veterans and their guests (of all ages) for a free breakfast Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Kodak United Methodist Church, 2923 Bryan Road in Kodak. The event is compliments of Dumplin Creek Critter Care with volunteers from Spencer Clack Chapter, NSDAR Sevierville, and food from Food City. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the chow line opens at 8:30. These events move around the area and are a project of the United Veterans Council of East Tennessee Inc. Info: 865-604-4443.

Friends & Pets in Need: This holiday food drive will run through Dec. 31. Specially marked bags containing non-perishable food items, as well as bags containing pet food products, will be available for purchase for $15 plus tax at all Food City locations. Customers may deposit the bags in collection bins located at the front of the store. Again, 100% of the products collected will benefit local hunger relief organizations and animal shelters throughout the region.

Flu Shots are now available at your local Food City Pharmacy with no appointment. Flu shots at Food City Pharmacy are affordable and zero copay with most insurance. For every flu shot given, Food City will make a donation to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

Save a trip and get your other vaccines at the same time. Your local Food City Pharmacy offers a variety of vaccines to help protect you and your family, including Covid-19, pneumonia, shingles and more. Many of these immunizations can be taken at the same time as your flu shot. Just ask our pharmacist for more information.

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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