Sheetz Reaches Out to the Community

The retailer sets aside a special hour for at-risk shoppers and extends a free lunch program for kids in need.

April 21, 2020

ALTOONA, Pa.—The Sheetz chain has set aside a special shopping hour every week for those customers who are most at-risk for the coronavirus, according to WTOV9.com.

As of Sunday, all Pennsylvania Sheetz stores will dedicate 2 to 3 p.m. every Sunday exclusively to seniors and other at-risk shoppers. Employees won’t check IDs, but they’ll ask all customers to respect the initiative.

In a statement, company officials said stores will comply with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's order asking everyone—customers and employees—to wear protective face masks.

In addition, Sheetz is expanding its Kidz Meal Bagz program, which provides free food to help children and families during the current pandemic, as reported in NACS Daily. The program, which features a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink in a big, is now available all day at all 600 Sheetz locations, while supplies last, the company announced.

To take advantage of the offer, families can go to any Sheetz location and ask for a meal at the register or at the drive-thru. Families will receive one meal per child. The program will run for the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated based on community need. Sheetz expects to give away about 80,000 meals weekly.

“The response from the launch of this program has been huge,” said Travis Sheetz, president and COO. “As we expand this program, we are staying connected to our communities ... It is our hope that these meals will provide nourishment to those who need it most during these challenging times.”

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