Project Help gets $45K boost

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats

Leaders from KUB and Project Help were at Food City, 9565 Middlebrook Pike, on April 24, 2024, to accept donations from customers of Food City. This year’s promotion ran from January 3 to February 6 in Knoxville area Food City stores. Shoppers were invited to make a dollar contribution at the check-out to help their friends and neighbors in need of heating assistance during the cold winter season.

Thanks to the support and generosity of loyal Food City customers and associates, this year’s Project Help campaign raised a total of $45,435.

In addition, $3,000 was contributed to Project Help from customers of Home Federal Bank.

This marks the 20th year that Food City has helped raise funds for Project Help.

Congratulations to Amanda Gulley

Amanda Gulley, Food City store manager in Morristown, Tennessee, was one of 12 finalists in a recognition program sponsored by the Food Industry Association. The award recognizes managers who:

  • Generate sales growth.
  • Effectively communicate company and store goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate team leadership in their store/company.
  • Provide exceptional customer service through in-store programs and improve community relations.

Amanda Gulley

The 12 finalists were chosen from 180 nominees.

Amanda stands out by sending handwritten holiday cards to her store’s top 100 customers each year. She writes personal greeting cards to store associates on their birthday and hosts team cookouts to celebrate recent wins. “Her gestures are kind but also underscore her thoughtful leadership style, attention to detail and keen awareness of important occasions,” according to her nomination.

She started in the grocery industry at age 16 as a cashier and has moved around an up over the past 27 years.

People’s Pick Competition

Finalists for the Store Manager Awards qualify to be a part of the People’s Pick Award contest. All finalists will be posted on FMI’s website for one week and the nominee with the most votes by the end of the week wins a special trophy and $500 to celebrate their store employees. Voting opens at 8 a.m. Monday, April 29.

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


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