ABINGDON, VA (WLAF) – Each year, Food City recognizes outstanding volunteerism among its dedicated team of associates through the Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

“Food City is committed to the communities we serve. Many of our associates volunteer their time and talents to assist charitable organizations throughout the region and we’re proud to recognize their efforts,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. The program is named in memory of Food City’s beloved former president and board vice-chairman of 47 years, Claude P. Varney, who was well-known for his tremendous compassion and humanitarian services. An independent panel of judges review associate nominations. The winners are selected based upon outstanding achievements in the areas of health, education, environment, cultural arts, recreational, heritage/history and public service. One winner is selected from each Food City store. Those winners then compete at the district level, where 13 overall district winners are selected.

The   district   winners   will   be   recognized   for   their   outstanding   achievements   with   a   $250 contribution made to their charity of choice. Two divisional winners will be selected from among the district winners. The division winners will receive a plaque and a $750 charity contribution.

One overall winner will be selected to receive the prestigious Claude P. Varney Humanitarian

Award and a $1,250 charitable contribution.

“We’re extremely proud of the difference our associates make in their community. Food City is committed to providing our associates with the support they need to become the best possible corporate citizens,” said Smith.

The district winners are:

  • Teri Lott, the Clinton store. Lott was recognized for her investment of time, efforts and funds to apply her knitting skills to help prematurely born babies, children who suffer needlessly from medical issues, tragic experiences and family crises. Her Healing Shawls and blankets provide comfort and peace to patients undergoing cancer treatment and others who struggle physically and/or emotionally.
  • Jennifer Benn, the White Pine store. She works with the VFW Auxiliary and she spends a lot of her personal time making sure they have the things they need. She genuinely and passionately cares about this organization.
  • Sarah Fennell, the Blaine store. She works a full-time job at the Police Department in Bean Station plus part-time at Food City. All while volunteering at 14 organizations.
  • Peggy Reynolds, the Hardin Valley Store. Peggy is very dedicated to the charities she works with. that she devotes her time too. You can see the real joy Peggy receives from helping these organizations whenever she talks about her time there. Peggy says this is what God laid on her heart to do and what she will continue to do as long as she is able.

Headquartered   in   Abingdon, VA.,  K-VA-T   Food   Stores  (Food   City’s   parent   company) operates 154 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 2/29/2024- 6AM)