Giving Back on Veteran’s Day

Here’s how the c-store community is honoring U.S. service members for the holiday.

November 11, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—To thank veterans for their valuable service to the United States, Wawa, Pilot Flying J and High’s are among the convenience stores giving back.

For the 10th consecutive year, Wawa is running Operation Taste of Home, a volunteer initiative that assembles thousands of care packages for U.S. service members around the world, reports the Delco Times.

Last week, 50 volunteers gathered in Wawa’s headquarters to box up 5,000 care packages that give a taste of home in advance of the upcoming holidays. The boxes contained Wawa coffee, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, Twizzlers, Orbit gum and salted nuts.

The packages will go to Liberty USO, which will then distribute them to service members stationed overseas. The Delco Times says that “each care package was topped off with a hand-written letter, collected from customers and at local schools and community organizations throughout Delaware County, and from Wawa associates throughout the company.”

The Wawa Foundation also presented Liberty USO with a check for $969,000. The money was raised during the summer by customers donating at in-store checkout coin drops and scan campaigns.

Wawa and other c-stores are celebrating Veteran’s Day with special in-store offers:

  • Wawa will give veterans, active military and military family members a free cup of coffee (any size) with no ID required today, November 11.
  • Pilot Flying J is offering a free coffee and breakfast item in the app starting November 8 through today. The store tweeted out, “Thank you for your service and Happy Veterans Day.”
  • High’s is also expressing its gratitude to all veterans, active duty military members and their families by offering a free 20-ounce coffee on Veteran’s Day. The offer can be redeemed in the High’s app today.