Project Help donation tops $50k

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For the past 20 years, Food City has hosted an annual Project Help campaign to provide heating assistance to local residents in need. The promotion ran Jan. 6 to Feb. 2 at Knoxville area locations.

Customers were invited to make a dollar contribution at check-out. Thanks to the support and generosity of our customers, this year’s Project Help campaign raised $53,445.

We met Wednesday (3/10) at the Middlebrook Food City with Gabe Bolas of KUB and representatives from Home Federal Bank, which ran a separate campaign. And wouldn’t you know it. The folks who didn’t ask about Emerson Breeden (retired Food City go-to guy) asked about Jeanie Fox (retired KUB go-to gal).

“Where’s Emerson?” or “Where’s that Jeanie Fox?”

Some traditions never change.

Congratulations to our colleague Laken Woods a cashier at the Food City in Johnson City, Tenn., who was selected as this year’s Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award recipient. Laken, 18, serves as an EMT for Cleveland Life Saving Crew, where she devotes over1,200 hours annually. As a licensed EMT, she assesses patient medical conditions in the field and determines their immediate medical needs. She also assists with medication administration when necessary, treats immediate life-threatening injuries, and monitors vital signs while en route to the hospital.

Laken is also active within her local church, Christ Fellowship of Kingsport, where she volunteers 200 hours annually. Laken received an honorary award and Food City will make a $1,250 contribution on her behalf to the charity of her choice.

Thank you to company president and CEO Steven C. Smith. He encourages all associates to be involved with their community and says, “Our company is committed to providing our associates the support they need to become the best corporate citizens possible.”

Schaad Road Food City: We are so excited as the opening of our newest Knox-area Food City nears. Manager Tony Higginbotham is creating a stellar staff and we’ll photograph as many of them as we can when we celebrate the grand opening.

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

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