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Food City Recognizes Divisional Winners for Outstanding Community Service

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Food City Recognizes Divisional Winners

for Outstanding Community Service

                                               

ABINGDON, VA (Tuesday, June 12, 2012) – Food City’s retail supermarket chain annually recognizes outstanding volunteerism among their associates via the 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 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 winners, followed by two divisional winners.  Cynthia Gray of the Boones Creek Food City in Johnson City, TN and Shelia Purkey of the Jefferson City, TN Food City received this year’s coveted divisional awards. 

 

Gray has been employed with the company for six years.  She currently serves as Seafood Coordinator for the Boones Creek location.  She is a long-time volunteer with the Salvation Army, serving lunches, assisting with holiday fund raising activities and purchasing Christmas gifts for needy children, Ronald McDonald House, helping with monthly dinners, Boone Lake Clean-Up and American Cancer Society, assisting with fund raising efforts.  Gray provides financial support to a number of organizations, including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Gray Fire Department and United Way.  She also makes monthly donations of food items to Good Samaritan and is a contributor to Shoe Box Ministries and the Thanksgiving Box program.  In recent years, Gray began sitting periodically with her friend’s disabled husband and makes weekly grocery runs for another of her elderly friends.

 

“I am so honored to have won this award,” says Gray.  “I would like to thank Food City for encouraging and supporting something so near and dear to my heart.  I love working for a company that helps others and I’m proud to be a part of the Food City team of associates.” 

Purkey, who has been employed with the company for three years, currently serves as Floral Manager for the Jefferson City location.  She devotes a great deal of time to the Jefferson Rural Clinic, drawing and processing lab results, assisting physicians, cleaning and organizing and conducting patient assessments.  She also works with the NICU unit of the Knoxville Children’s Hospital, collecting baby items for needy children and serves on the Children’s Day Out Committee of her local church, First Baptist of Jefferson City, attending meetings, assisting with the hiring process and helping prepare food for their events and activities.

 

“I feel very honored to have been chosen as a Claude Varney award winner and would encourage everyone to volunteer within their communities,” says Purkey.

 

A corporate luncheon was recently held to publicly recognize these winners for their outstanding service achievements.  They were presented with an honorary plaque and Food City will make a $500 contribution on their behalf to the charity of their 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 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.