ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience retailers are supporting their local communities in innovative, safe and collaborative ways. Several chains like Wawa and Sheetz, as well as the New England Convenience Store and Energy Marketers Association, are hard at work, taking care of their local communities’ needs.
Wawa and Sheetz are teaming up in Pennsylvania to donate lunches to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, reports Lehigh Valley Live. The two c-store chains provided a total of 500 lunches and $2,000 each last week. The lunches contained a turkey sandwich, cookie, fruit cup, string cheese and a water bottle.
Up the coast, the New England Convenience Store and Energy Marketers Association’s annual convenience store trade show was postponed last month, the Mass Live reports, but the association didn’t let the thousands of snacks, energy bars, drinks and other items meant for its attendees go to waste. Store operators decided to pack the gift bags and distribute them to homeless shelters, community groups, hospitals, first responders and non-profits across the state. About 210 bags will be distributed by seven convenience store branches across Massachusetts.
- Nouria Energy is donating bags of food to the United Way in Springfield.
- Global Partners is giving away bags at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.
- VERC Enterprises is donating bags to Our Fathers Shelter and Highland Baptist Church Food Pantry in Fitchburg.
- Energy North Group/Haffner’s is donating bags to Bread and Roses in Lawrence and Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill.
- Colbea Enterprises is donating bags to the Fall River Police Department.
- Cumberland Farms will be distributing bags in Brockton.
- Yatco Energy will be distributing bags to the Worcester Food Bank
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