SALT LAKE CITY—Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, convenience stores have helped bring awareness to programs that focus on the physical and mental health of their neighbors.
Utah-based Maverik and Intermountain Healthcare recently partnered to donate $2 million to a Utah Department of Health program, COVID Communities Partnership (CCP). The program was developed to support the community-based organizations and local health departments that provide quality services and address the social needs of COVID-19 positive individuals.
"Since the beginning of the pandemic, we moved quickly to establish a response,” said Dulce Diez, director of the Office of Health Disparities at the Utah Department of Health. “Community health workers were identified as a necessary component to help mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19 on underserved and underrepresented communities, particularly racial/ethnic minority communities."
"As a family, and in honor of our Maverik team members, we have typically focused our charitable contributions on education,” said Maverik CEO Chuck Maggelet. “However, circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have created an urgency in our community that compels us. Thankfully, Intermountain informed us about the Utah Department of Health Communities Partnership program and the outcomes it's achieving. We value this public-private partnership and hope it encourages our state to do more of this in the future."
Education Outreach at Local Schools
Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s announced its Cash for Classrooms grant program is awarding $1 million to benefit K-12 schools through 99 grants. The funds come as teachers, students and families have now faced a full year of challenges and changed routines because of the pandemic.
The Cash for Classrooms grants support projects and initiatives such as new playground equipment and expanded playground areas, updated projectors, document cameras and new computers for teachers, and enhancing outdoor learning and community space.
The Cash for Classrooms grants were made possible by donations from Casey’s guests during its January round-up campaign and a meal-deal partnership between Casey’s and LIFEWTR, a PepsiCo brand, which took place in January.
“We are grateful to be able to distribute these funds to schools in need through our new, Cash for Classrooms grant program. Together, with our guests and partners like LIFEWTR, we are proud to be able to make a big impact on students and teachers in our communities,” said Megan Elfers, vice president of marketing at Casey’s.
Hear Julie Jackowski, chief legal officer and secretary of Caseys and past NACS Board chair, discuss how Caseys supports its local communities in our Lessons in Leadership learning series. In addition, hear from Brian Hannasch, president & CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard, Travis Sheetz, president & COO of Sheetz, and other leaders, give exclusive interviews to NACS about the future of the convenience industry. Watch their Lessons in Leadership today.
NACS has compiled resources to help the convenience retail community navigate the COVID-19 crisis. For news updates and guidance, visit our coronavirus resources page.