An Advocate for Tennessee’s Food Industry

Since 1978, the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association (TGCSA) has been representing Tennessee’s food industry. Their current 300 members consist of retail grocery stores, convenience store operations, and food industry wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers. They advocate for these businesses and their customers, as they work with the Tennessee General Assembly, governor, and other agencies.

Beyond advocacy, TGCSA has two programs, The Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation (TGEF) and Volunteer Coupon Services to provide support to their members. The TGEF is a non-profit established by TGCSA in 1985 to support and provide scholarship and educational opportunities for the food industry and their families. They awarded $130,000 in scholarships to applicants this year, totaling to $3.9 million awarded since the inception of the program. The funds that support this program are raised through various fundraising events throughout the year.

The Volunteer Coupon Services, is a division of TGCSA that works to simplify the coupon redemption process. Through this program, the store sends their coupons to TGCSA, who then takes care of the rest of the process and gets the handling fee back to the store within 39 days.

TGCSA partners with many organizations and state agencies to keep their members stay up to date on legislation that affects them, trends in the industry, and other important information, including sustainability. They have been a partner of the Get Food Smart TN program since 2018 and have shared information pertaining to food waste and other sustainability topics with their members through their weekly newsletter, bi-annual magazine, Facebook, Instagram, webinars, and their Annual TGCSA Convention and Expo.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2022 - 1:58:23