C-Stores Show They Care

Hy-Vee offers gas-pumping service; Clipper, Wawa and Pilot contribute to non-profits and relief funds.

April 20, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience retailers are supporting their local communities in innovative, safe and collaborative ways. Hy-Vee, Clipper Petroleum, Wawa, and the Pilot Company are some of the many stores putting safety and community first.

Hy-Vee: Hy-Vee last week announced that it would offer free full-service fueling at its more than 165 convenience stores across eight states. Stores will offer the service from at least 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at select pumps every day, Hy-Vee said. Customers can select the pump’s “fuel help” button or call a phone number displayed on the pump. Employees will then meet customers at their vehicle, wearing gloves, to process their transaction and fuel their car. Customers can also order food and beverage items from the c-store while they’re there and receive pump-side delivery.

Clipper Petroleum: Last week, the Clipper Petroleum Foundation announced that it is providing $40,000 of unrestricted grants to five non-profits in the North Georgia area. The organizations serve their communities by providing food and/or medical services and include the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Straight Street Ministries Backpack Love, the Good News Clinic, White County BackPack Buddies and Oconee Area Resource Council.

Wawa: Last Thursday, Wawa dedicated its day of founding to essential workers and everyday heroes. Wawa recognized those who are on the front lines fighting the coronavirus by:

·       Creating a video tribute titled Thanks to the Helpers

·       Giving 3,000 meals in one week to organizations and hospitals

·       Providing an additional $250,000 for eligible non-profits and local food banks 

Pilot Company: The convenience and fuel retailer contributed $100,000 to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund for professional drivers who cannot work due to illness.

To prioritize the safety of guests and team members, Pilot Company installed acrylic sneeze guards last week at diesel desks and other payment points at all locations. Protective cotton masks were also distributed to all stores for team members.

Is your c-store doing something good for your community? NACS want to hear about it! Tweet about it with the hashtag #conveniencecares and show how the convenience store industry is working to help local communities.

Coronavirus Resources

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