Food City readies School Bucks challenge

Food City readies School Bucks challenge

August 22nd, 2018 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

Food City readies School Bucks challenge

Food City has pledged $700,000 in contributions for the upcoming school year for its School Bucks Challenge.

For every $1 spent, using a Food City ValuCard, a shopper receives 1 point.

"Our Food City School Bucks Program has provided much-needed support for thousands of schools throughout our market area. Our School Bucks Challenge makes points collection easier than ever," said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.

The 2018-2019 School Bucks Challenge began Wednesday and continues through May 7, 2019. Shoppers can link their Food City ValuCard to the school of their choice online at or at the checkout of area Food City locations.

"Since the program's inception, we've awarded over $18.6 million in much-needed educational equipment and tools," Smith said.

Mini Maker Faire to return Oct. 20

The fourth annual Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire will make its return Saturday, Oct. 20, at the downtown Chattanooga Public Library. Applications are now open for makers and members of the public to submit their exhibit ideas through Sept. 20.

Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors, according to The Company Lab. The CO.LAB and Chattanooga Public Library are partnering to serve as the lead organizers for this year's event.

"We are incredibly excited to help bring the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire to our region, as we hold the maker mentality as part of our core values at CO.LAB," said Marcus Shaw, CEO of CO.LAB. "The creative spirit of the maker is foundational to entrepreneurship."