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Austin Johnson honored for work as a volunteer




Austin Johnson receives his award from Food City president and CEO Steve Smith.

Austin Johnson receives his award from Food City president and CEO Steve Smith.

Whitesburg Food City employee Austin Johnson has been recognized for his “outstanding volunteerism” through the Abingdon, Va.- based grocer’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

Each year, Food City establishes committees 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.

Johnson is recognized as the Whitesburg store winner for his volunteer work with Helping Hands of the Mountains, the Linefork- Kingdom Come Community Center, the Letcher Middle School football team, and the Hemphill Baptist Church.

Johnson and other store winners in the 104-outlet chain now move on to compete at district level. Nine 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 $500 charity contribution. And finally, one overall winner is selected to receive the Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award and be publicly recognized for their outstanding achievements in addition to a $1,000 charity contribution made on their behalf.

The Varney Award is named for the late former president and vice-chairman of Food City who was known for his compassion and humanitarian services during his 47 years with the company.


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