Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation
In 1980, the Tennessee Retail Grocers Association (TRGA), now Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association (TGCSA), held a golf tournament in Smyrna as a networking event and raised an $800 profit. The Board of Directors decided to set aside the money to begin a scholarship fund. September 19, 1985, Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation was established for the purpose of providing scholarships and promoting education throughout the food industry in Tennessee.
The association board created the foundation as and continues to be a value-add for TGCSA members. The TGEF Board of Trustees encourage all TGCSA member companies to take advantage of the unique program offered.
TGEF is a 501 (c)(3), a non-profit, tax-exempt organization which supports and provides educational opportunities for the food industry. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible contributions.
TGEF Board of Trustees
Chappell's Hometown Foods
TGCSA Board Liaison
J. R. Stepherson