Suppliers Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Funds support hospitals, emergency relief efforts and laid-off service industry employees.

March 25, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Suppliers to the convenience and fuel retailing industry are doing their part to support community relief efforts and other pandemic-specific humanitarian efforts amid the ongoing global coronavirus crisis.

Gasland Petroleum announced it has made “a significant, and much needed contribution” to Vassar Brother’s Medical Center of Poughkeepsie, New York, to supply health-care staff with personal protective equipment (PPE) to battle the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are committed to serving our community throughout the year and especially during these very challenged times,” Gas Land Petroleum founder, CEO, and Dutchess County resident Majed “Mitch” Nesheiwat said. “My sons and I want to remind everyone that we are all in this together, and we urge members of the community, businesses and individuals alike, to take action at this time.” He added, “For those who are able, please consider making donations to hospitals, food pantries, shelters, the American Red Cross, or even purchasing gift cards from local retailers or restaurants to provide financial support during mandated closures.”

Mondelēz International announced a $15 million global commitment of financial and in-kind support to local community partners advancing critical food stability and emergency relief efforts amid the COVID-19 crisis. In the U.S., Mondelēz said its long-standing community partners include Feeding America and the American Red Cross.

“Managing through and recovering from this global crisis will take everyone’s support, and I am pleased we’re standing up to advance relief efforts around the world,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and chief executive officer.

Support for this program will come from the Mondelēz International Foundation, as well as global and local brand initiatives. The Mondelēz International Foundation connects with at-risk communities around the world to promote healthy lifestyles, working closely with public health and community partners.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer maker, pledged to donate at least 50,000 liters of disinfectant made with alcohol removed from its alcohol-free beers for use in hospitals in several European countries, the New York Times reports. AB InBev said it has already produced 26,000 bottles of hand sanitizers for pharmacies and health-care workers.

Molson Coors Beverage Co. pledged $1 million to the United States Bartenders' Guild, a nonprofit that supports bartenders and other service industry professionals, millions of whom are out of work due to widespread closures precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said in a news release.

Miller Lite is encouraging others to follow suit with a new social media campaign that directs beer drinkers to the USBG National Charity Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, a relief campaign that aids bartenders and other service professionals.

Molson Coors also said it is donating 50,000 cans of water to the Salvation Army Intermountain Division of Denver, Colorado to assist with relief efforts for the area’s homeless population. “These are unprecedented times with the spread of COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we must come together as a community to help each other stay safe and healthy throughout this crisis,” said Michael Nordman, community affairs director, Molson Coors.

Boston Beer Co., maker of Samuel Adams, is donating $100,000 and will match donations up to an additional $100,000 through March 31 to benefit the Restaurant Strong Fund, a Massachusetts charity meant to help hourly and tip-supported restaurant workers.

The Good Jobs Institute is compiling a list of relief-fund resources by city and professions for workers affected by COVID-19 and also is curating articles on how low-wage and frontline workers are faring. The nonprofit works directly with companies who want to offer better jobs and studies companies who offer the best jobs in retail. C-founder and MIT professor Zeynep Ton headlined a Super Session at the 2019 NACS Show in Atlanta and joined Convenience Matters in the podcast Episode No. 205: Good Jobs Strategy.

“Service workers and health workers are the backbone of America. COVID-19 is impacting tens of millions of these workers across our communities, in different ways. Many restaurant, hospitality, hotel and retail workers are now out of work, while grocery, pharmacy, convenience store, and healthcare workers are working overtime to ensure Americans are fed and cared for during this crisis. Good Jobs Institute stands with them in this unprecedented global emergency,” the group said on its website.

If you have resources to add, DM @goodjobsinst on Twitter or email info@goodjobsinstitute.org.

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