ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — Food City has pledged to award schools $700,000 in contributions for the upcoming year.

According to Food City, this year’s School Bucks Challenge is an easy way for Food City ValuCard holders to gain points — as for every $1 they spend with their ValuCard, they will receive one point. Cardholders will then be able to credit their points to the school of their choice.

“Our Food City School Bucks Program has provided much-needed support for thousands of schools throughout our market area and our School Bucks Challenge makes points collection easy and efficient,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.

The 2022-2023 School Bucks Challenge will begin on Sept. 7 and will continue until May 9, 2023. To ensure that your points are credited to the school of your choice, link your Food City ValueCard to your preferred school here.

Schools will be able to see their allocations — which will be based upon the percentage of customer purchases assigned to the schools — biannually on Food City’s website.

“Food City is committed to supporting the education of our youth,” said Smith. “Since the program’s inception, we’ve awarded over $21,400,000 in much-needed educational equipment and tools to more than a thousand participating area schools”.

K-VA-T Food stores (Food City’s parent company) is headquartered in Abingdon, Va., and operates 140 outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, north Georgia, and Alabama.

For more information about the Food City School Bucks Challenge, contact your local school, visit foodcity.com or contact Food City School Bucks Coordinator Lisa Johnson at 1-800-232-0174.