Food City aids Second Harvest, Empty Stocking

Betsi JamesBlount, Our Town Eats

Food City officials were at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee offices at 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville on Dec. 17 for a check presentation from the Hometown Heroes holiday promotion with Dietz & Watson. The campaign ran Nov. 8 through Dec. 9.

Food City and Dietz & Watson made a donation for every pound of Dietz & Watson quality deli meats and cheeses sold at corresponding Food City locations during the promotion.

In addition, the companies also partnered with local radio station B97.5 WJXB-FM.  Throughout the promotion, listeners were asked to nominate local essential workers to be recognized for their extraordinary efforts. One winner was selected each week to receive a $200 Food City Gift Card and Dietz & Watson Chef-Carved Ham.

Empty Stocking Fund: I had the privilege to volunteer on behalf of Food City for News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund filling the food baskets for the less fortunate. It’s a wonderful cause and a great group of volunteers! Food City donated $5,000 to the Empty Stocking Fund.

Friends & Pets in Need is in its fourth year. Food City customers may purchase a bag of non-perishable food items or pet food products for $10. After buying the bag, customer deposits it in a barrel at front of store. Promotion runs through December.

New job for the New Year: 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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