ALEXANDRIA, Va.—As the nation moves into the summer months, c-stores continue to think of ways to help their neighbors, from frontline health-care workers and hospitals all the way down to kids needing meals.
Sheetz, the Mid-Atlantic restaurant and convenience chain, has announced that its Kidz Meal Bagz program, which launched April 2, will end on June after serving more than 600,000 free meals to children and families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continuing its mission, Sheetz For the Kidz, an employee-driven charity helping children in need, recently donated $620,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. This donation will directly support child hunger programs, the company reported.
“I’m so proud of our employees who truly stepped up to make the Meal Bagz program happen,” said Travis Sheetz, president and COO of Sheetz. “Their dedication to help the communities we serve made a real impact, providing over 600,000 meals to those in need.”
Sheetz will continue raising funds for Feeding America through the MySheetz App. Through June 30, for every 200 points a customer donates, $1 will be donated to Feeding America, and Sheetz will match donations up to $100,000.
The chain also provides weekly donations to local food banks through its Made-to-Share program. The donations include ready-to-eat food items, such as sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruits, vegetables and yogurt. In addition, Sheetz makes financial donations to Feeding America-member food banks at every new store opening.
In Louisiana, six ExxonMobil branded wholesalers have joined forces to donate $13,000 in gas gift cards to health-care workers so they can continue their fight against COVID-19 and get back home to their families. This gift builds upon ExxonMobil’s support of now 60,000 gallons of fuel for emergency response vehicles, as well as gas gift cards to hospital workers in Baton Rouge.
“We are thankful for the dedicated health-care workers and hospital staff who continue to assist those in need, and we are proud of the efforts by our branded wholesalers to support them as they serve our communities during this challenging time,” said Bill Graham, ExxonMobil fuels area manager for the Southeast.
Those participating include Brother’s Petroleum and Brother’s Food Marts, Lard Oil, Popingo’s Convenience Stores, Rio Fuel and Supply and WB McCartney Oil Company. For a list of all wholesaler donations nationwide, visit exxon.com.
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