ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Maverik—Adventure’s First Stop has donated $471,397 to Feeding America. The funds were raised by customers and employees rounding up their cash and credit transactions to the nearest dollar or more at Maverik stores across 12 states. Maverik also made a direct donation of $50,000 to kick off the campaign.
Ninety percent of the Round Up donations that were raised will stay local, with each region’s collections going to food banks that serve people in that same region. Maverik’s donation will be distributed to Feeding America member food banks across 12 western states where Maverik operates. The remaining donation will support national strategies to help Feeding America address hunger in America.
“We are overwhelmed by the kindness of our customers and team members this year!” said Chuck Maggelet, president and chief adventure guide of Maverik. “With record-high food prices and many turning to food banks this season, it’s an amazing feeling to help make an impact through this contribution and donations through our food waste reduction program.”
Since April, Maverik’s food waste reduction program has thus far donated over 492,000 pounds of surplus food helping to provide over 410,000 meals. The program is running in more than 90 stores in five states, and Maverik plans to continually expand it throughout its operating states.
Committed to helping fight local hunger, Maverik is a longstanding supporter of Feeding America given its breadth of food distribution services across its nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs. Last year Maverik donated more than $580,000 to Feeding America helping to provide more than five million meals.
Meanwhile, Rutter’s announced it has donated $560,000 to benefit the education of children in the community through the Pennsylvania EITC program. Over 30 organizations received contributions of up to $50,000, including: Creative York, Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, YMCA of Reading & Berks County, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, Bedford Country Regional Foundation, Opportunity House and YMCA of Centre County.
“Our support of children’s education is top of mind for our charitable giving mission,” said Chris Hartman, vice president of fuels, advertising and development. “We recognize the importance of providing local charitable organizations with funding to benefit the education of children in our communities and look forward to doing more in 2023!”
"The Bedford County Regional Education Foundation is grateful to Rutter’s for their generous donation that will change lives through education. The foundation will utilize the donation to cover the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks for high school students taking college classes through the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus. Rutter’s EITC contribution opens the doors of educational opportunity for all high school students who wish to get an early start on their postsecondary dreams," said Leah Pepple, director of Pennsylvania advancement and community relations.