Take a bow for Project Help donations

Betsi JamesOur Town Eats, West Knox County

On April 20, Food City hosted a check presentation for Project Help, a collaborative effort to provide heating assistance to local residents in need during the cold weather season. The presentation was at the Middlebrook Pike store, 9565 Middlebrook Pike.


For more than 20 years, Food City has been proud to host the annual Project Help. The promotion ran from Jan. 5 to Feb. 1, 2022, in Knoxville area Food City stores. Shoppers were invited to make a dollar contribution at the check-out to help their neighbors in need.

Thanks to the support and generosity of loyal Food City customers and associates, this year’s Project Help campaign raised $53,386.

Stockard gets national award

Raymond Stockard, store manager for Food City’s Eastman Road location in Kingsport, Tennessee, was recently named Store Manager of the Year by FMI-The Food Industry Association.

Raymond Stockard

“Raymond is the epitome of what we hope a store manager will be. He’s a leader, a friend, and someone our teammates can look up to and emulate. Raymond’s also a great community leader, who is involved in most of the happenings within his local community. We would like to congratulate Raymond on this great honor, along with the other award winners and finalists,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.

FMI is the largest trade association of its kind, representing the interests of its membership and offering a broad range of professional services to food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers.

With 29 years of dedicated service, Stockard is one of Food City’s most talented and respected store managers. He has served as a tremendous role model and mentor to many of the company’s younger associates and is also a strong advocate within his local community.

Stockard received the 2013 Jack C. Smith Store Manager of the Year Award, the company’s highest customer service recognition. Stockard manages one of Food City’s most successful store locations. His store recently completed a major remodel project, which included the addition of a Starbucks café, expanded food service offerings, and a new décor package. Stockard leveraged these improvements to better serve his customers, setting several new company food service sales records and a high bar for the entire company in terms of maximizing sales potential. He lives in Kingsport with his wife, Shannon, and their children, Meg and Spencer.

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 FoodCity.com 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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