Bill Jarnigan of Dandridge, TN Named Recipient of the
Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award
ABINGDON, VA (Monday, January 31, 2011) - Food City's retail supermarket chain annually recognizes outstanding volunteerism among their associates via their Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program. The creation of the program came in response to President Bush's call to boost volunteer efforts through corporate support. During a June 2002 White House meeting, President Bush met with corporate leaders from organizations across the nation and key White House staff members to discuss objectives for his Businesses Strengthening America volunteerism campaign. Steve Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer was among the select group.
"As a company, we strive to maintain a high level of dedication to service, quality, value and community involvement, while providing a work environment that enables our associates to grow both personally and professionally as successful members of the team," says Smith. "Many of our associates volunteer their time and talents to numerous organizations in support of their communities and we felt it needful to formally recognize their selfless contributions."
The program was entitled in memory of Food City's beloved former president and board vice-chairman of 47 years, Claude P. Varney. Varney was well-known for his tremendous compassion and humanitarian services. Each year, committees are established to review associate volunteer activities and select individual award recipients based on outstanding achievement in the areas of health, education, environment, cultural arts, recreational, heritage/history and public service. One winner is selected from each Food City location and corporate level. The field is then narrowed to eleven district level winners, followed by two divisional winners and finally the recipient of the highly esteemed Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award.
After reviewing his long-time commitment to serving others, it's not hard to see why Dandridge, TN resident Bill Jarnigan was selected as this year's Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award recipient. Jarnigan is a 47 year veteran of the company and currently works as Back Door Receiver for the Dandridge Food City. He dedicates his time and talents to a number of organizations, including Jefferson County Nursing Home, where he has volunteered for the past 20 years visiting with the elderly. Jarnigan is a ten year volunteer with Meals on Wheels, delivering meals and providing transport for elderly residents. He is also a member of the Jefferson County School Board, attending meetings and helping raise funding for new buildings; and a member of the Jefferson County School Policy Committee, attending meetings and working to amend school policies.
"It's an just an honor to receive this award," said Jarnigan. "I have always felt it is more of a blessing to give than to receive."
A corporate luncheon was recently held to publicly recognize Jarnigan for his outstanding service achievements. He was presented with an honorary plaque and Food City will make a $1,000 contribution on his behalf to the charity of his choice.
"We're extremely proud of the difference our associates make by devoting their time and talents to the service of others. Our company is committed to providing our associates the support they need to become the best corporate citizens possible," summarized Smith.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T operates 106 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.