ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience stores have been looking out for their communities long before COVID-19, and they continue to do so. This week, two major c-store chains have reached out to support citizens and families in their neighborhoods.
Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven is distributing 200-250 meals each day on Tuesdays and Fridays through Sept. 4 by sponsoring the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's to-go lunch program, reports NBCDFW.
The sponsorship includes 2,400 bottles of 7-Select water and a $20,000 cash donation to provide food to the Dallas community. The meals are being distributed to children from adjacent neighborhoods to the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy in Dallas, a state-of-the-art facility that gives North Texas children a place to play baseball and softball.
"Food insecurity has become even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many children not having access to meals during the last few months of the school year or throughout the summer," said Larry Hughes, zone vice president, 7-Eleven. "With the school year starting up in the next few weeks, we hope these children and their families feel support by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, 7-Eleven and other organizations in our local community."
On Tuesdays, the Foundation will provide three to four days' worth of non-perishable food for families to take home, and on Fridays, hot meals will be served.
Meanwhile, Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Casey's General Stores is supporting the communities of eastern Iowa as they recover from the derecho, a long-lasting line of thunderstorms that hit the Midwest earlier this month.
According to KWWL, Casey’s sent 19,500 bottles of water to the American Red Cross in Cedar Rapids and water and snacks to the American Red Cross of Central Iowa. The chain also provided food to frontline energy workers, and several Casey’s stores continue sending warm meals to community centers that are serving relief workers.
Plus, Casey’s donated $10,000 to food banks in Eastern Iowa and Central Illinois to support communities impacted by the storms. This includes $5,000 to HACAP in Cedar Rapids and $5,000 to River Bend Food Bank in the Quad Cities. Starting Sept. 8, Casey’s will launch an in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Feeding America and 58 Midwest food banks during Hunger Action Month. This campaign will bring much needed funds as food banks continue to face increased demand.