Food City recognizes outstanding volunteerism in employee

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By Charlotte Underwood

Naomi Robbins, a Campbell County native, has been recognized for her charitable efforts by Food City’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition program.

Each year Food City recognizes outstanding volunteerism among their associates. Special committees are established to review associate volunteer activities and individuals are selected based upon volunteer achievements in the areas of health, education, environment, cultural arts, recreational, heritage/history, and public service.  

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

“I think it’s a wonderful program; it helps people realize that we’re not just here to do business, we’re here to give back as well,” said LaFollette Food City Store Manager Tony Daugherty.

“It couldn’t have been awarded to a better person. Naomi is a very caring and loving person, that’s just her in a nutshell,” said Daugherty.

“It feels great to be recognized,” said Naomi Robbins, who has worked for White Store/Food City for the past 27 years.

“I like to do stuff and help people,” said Robbins, who admitted she was surprised to win the recognition.

“I’ve always tried to help out, but it just came as a surprise,” she said.

Robbins has volunteered and helped with various charities over the years.

She said her brother David Chapman and herself try to hold a dinner every year to raise money to benefit the children with cancer for the Children’s Miracle Network.

“We have always tried to take food to the House of Hope as well,” added Robbins.

She said she felt it was important to give something back to the community.

“I hope to get even more involved in the near future,” said Robbins.

After winning at the local level, Robbins will move on to compete at the district level.  Ten district winners are recognized with an award and a $250 contribution to a charity of their choice, according to the Food City press release.

Two divisional winners will then be chosen and honored with a plaque and a $500 contribution.

One overall winner is also chosen to receive the Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award and be publicly recognized for their achievements in addition to a $1,000 contribution made on their behalf.

“We’re extremely proud of the differences our associates make through their many humanitarian contributions,” said Food City President and Executive Officer Steven C. Smith.