ANKENY, Iowa—Casey’s, 7-Eleven, Parent Petroleum and EG America have all launched charity campaigns to help give back to their communities.
Casey’s is teaming up with the Feeding America network to help provide more meals to communities in need across the heartland.
One in six people could face hunger due to the ongoing economic fallout from COVID-19, including one in four children. As more neighbors in need turn to charitable food assistance for help, food banks across the nation are meeting the increased need.
The Casey’s #HereforGood Hunger campaign will help provide more than 15 million meals to children and families who may not know where they will find their next meal.
“The generosity of our guests and vendors paired with the passion from our team members resulted in an overwhelming result for this campaign. We are confident these 15 million meals are having a direct impact on the hunger experienced in our own backyard. But the need continues, and we encourage others to take action by donating to, or volunteering at, a local food bank,” said Ena Williams, COO of Casey’s, in a press release.
As part of Casey’s campaign, consumers were invited to round up their purchase at the register. In addition, when consumers purchased a Coca-Cola four-pack, $1 was donated to Feeding America. Casey’s campaign raised more than $1.5 million for 47 local food banks across its 16-state footprint, including Food Bank of Iowa.
7-Eleven is hungry to help those in need and is asking customers to join in, too. Through the end of April, the convenience retailer is kicking off a multi-faceted campaign to help provide meals to families facing hunger through its relationship with Feeding America. The retailer is implementing major programs to reach its goal of helping to provide 20 million meals through its Feeding America Fridays drink promotion and Round up for Rewards, where customers can donate change and earn chances to win exclusive, once in a lifetime prizes.
“One year ago, we made an unwavering commitment as an essential business to provide food and critical supplies to customers during an unprecedented pandemic. Unfortunately, nearly one year later, hunger continues to rise in America,” said 7-Eleven Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Marissa Jarratt.
“As our stores continue to support communities in which they operate, we are inviting customers to help us give back on an even greater scale. By simply buying a large drink on Feeding America Fridays or rounding up the nearest dollar for a chance to win awesome prizes, customers can help us reach our goal of putting at least 20 million meals on the tables of families in need. That's 20 million times we can pay it forward together.”
7-Eleven has been working with Feeding America for 21 years, supporting its nationwide network of 200 food banks, which provide meals to more than 40 million people each year through national and local donations, volunteer efforts, and more.
Over in Chicago, Parent Petroleum has partnered with the Blackhawks Foundation on the “Fueling Our Community” campaign. Through the end of May the PRIDE stores in the Chicago area will designate one pump at each location to give three cents per gallon pumped to the foundation, which will use the money for its GOAL (Get Out & Learn) youth hockey program.
Finally, the American Cancer Society and EG America have partnered again to raise money for life-saving programs, research, and services that will help patients and families touched by cancer. Through March 31, all EG America-operated locations will offer guests an opportunity to donate $1, $5 or any amount they want to the American Cancer Society. EG America's family of more than 1,700 stores includes Certified Oil, Cumberland Farms, Fastrac, Kwik Shop, Loaf 'n Jug, Minit Mart, Quik Stop, Tom Thumb and Turkey Hill.
EG America President George Fournier said last year's success in raising more than a quarter million dollars could not have happened without dedicated team members and loyal guests.
“We all know someone who has had cancer or who is fighting cancer—it affects all of us in some way,” said Fournier in a press release. “Raising money not only helps fight this insidious disease, but it's our way of supporting those who truly need it. The American Cancer Society has been doing tremendous work for decades; it's a privilege to be its partner.”
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