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January 17, 2018

Sarah Fennell

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Food City recognizes Sarah Fennell for outstanding volunteerism 

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – Sarah Fennell has been recognized by Food City for her volunteer efforts.

Fennell works as a cashier at the Blaine Food City, and volunteers for Farm Bureau Women. She was chosen as part of Food City’s annual Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

Food City is well-known for its customer service and community involvement within its operational areas.  In keeping with its service standards, each year Food City recognizes outstanding volunteerism among their associates through its Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

“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,” stated 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 their beloved former president and board vice-chairman. Throughout his 47-year career, Varney brought a great deal of foresight and knowledge to Food City and the grocery industry as a whole, but was most noted for his tremendous 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.

Each year, special 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 overall winner is selected from each Food City location and corporate levels.

Store winners then move on to compete at the district level. Twelve district winners are recognized with an award and a $250 contribution to their choice charity during a special corporate luncheon. Two divisional winners are then chosen and honored with a plaque and a $750 charity contribution. And finally, one overall winner is selected to receive the prestigious Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award and be publicly recognized for their outstanding achievements in addition to a $1,250 charity contribution made on their behalf.

“We’re extremely proud of the difference our associates make through their many humanitarian contributions. Our company is wholly committed to providing exceptional service to the citizens and communities in which we operate and ensuring our associates have the support they need to become the best corporate citizens possible,” said Smith.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 133 retail outlets throughout Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee, Chattanooga and north Georgia.



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