Roane area Food City stores applaud workers’ volunteerism

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Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

Cory Hines of the Harriman store was honored for his work with the Harriman Fire Department and Roane County Rescue Squad.

The Kingston store applauded Cory Frye for his work with the Lenoir City Youth Football Organization.
Megan Webster, an associate at the Oliver Springs store, was honored for her work with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

“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,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City’s president and chief executive officer.

Following his attendance at a June 2002 White House meeting geared toward boosting national volunteerism through corporate support, Smith administered the creation of Food City’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program in memory of the company’s former president and board vice chairman noted for his compassion and humanitarian services.  

“Many of our associates volunteer their time and talents to numerous service organizations throughout the areas in which we operate and we feel it’s needful to recognize the valuable services and support they provide,” said Smith.  

One overall winner is selected from each Food City location and corporate levels.  

As the winners at their stores, Hines, Frye and Webster will compete at district level.

Eleven district winners are recognized with an award and a $250 contribution to their choice charity during a special corporate luncheon.