C-Stores Honor Our Veterans

Retailers are offering free meals and beverages, as well as supporting armed forces-related nonprofits.

November 03, 2022

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience retailers are honoring those who have served in the U.S. armed forces this Veterans Day—and throughout the month of November.

Now through November 29, Casey’s is asking customers to round up their purchases at Casey’s registers to benefit Hope For The Warriors (HOPE) and Children of Fallen Patriots. The company is also providing free coffee to service members both past and present on Veterans Day.

Casey’s partners with Children of Fallen Patriots to provide assistance, resources and scholarships to children of military families who’ve lost a parent in the line of duty. Since 2012, Casey’s has worked with Hope For The Warriors to help service members and their families restore a sense of self, family and hope through comprehensive support programs.

“Veterans provide the greatest service to our country, and now our guests can give back when they shop at Casey’s. Whether rounding up your purchase at the register or adding a donation to your next online pizza order, we can make a difference in the lives of our nation's veterans and their families," said Darren Rebelez, president and CEO of Casey's, and veteran of the United States Army. "Thank you to PepsiCo for standing alongside us again for this campaign. Every year, I am overwhelmed by the response from Casey’s guests who believe in our longstanding support of military veterans and I'm excited to see it happen again this November." 

Kwik Fill/Red Apple Food Marts, based in Warren, Pennsylvania, has launched Operation Give Thanks, afundraising campaign to aid active-duty service members, veterans and their families through various armed-forces-related charities.

Now through November 30, the company is encouraging customers to make $1 donations. Kwik Fill is also committing a portion of the sale of every gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel that customers purchase from November 11 through November 28 to the campaign.

Seventy-five percent of the total amount raised during the program will be donated to Operation Homefront, which will then direct those funds to recipients in the Kwik Fill market area. The remaining 25% will go to various other local charities supporting veterans and military families. Kwik Fill’s market area includes Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.

“We host many fundraising initiatives throughout the year, but this will be the first supported with TV, radio, point-of-sale signage, web and digital advertising, and it fits in so well with our commitment to a strong America. We’ve worked with Operation Homefront in the past, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with them again for such a worthy cause. Our employees are especially excited to support this campaign,” said Jon Mechling, assistant vice president at Kwik Fill.

Pilot Company is continuing its long-standing tradition of giving back to military service members and their families by offering a free meal at more than 750 participating Pilot, Flying J and One9 Fuel Network travel centers.

From November 11-13, service members and their families verified through ID.me in the myRewards Plus app will receive a free meal credit, valued up to $12. This year, the $12 Veterans Day meal credit will be a rolling balance, allowing guests to use any remaining balance the next time they stop over Veterans Day weekend during the offer period.

Veteran-founded Pilot Company is also bringing back its roundup campaign with the Call of Duty Endowment, which helps veterans transition to successful civilian careers after military service.

Customers can round up their in-store purchase to the nearest whole dollar at any of the company’s owned and operated Pilot, Flying J or One9 Fuel Network travel centers from now through November 13. Pilot Company will donate 100% of the roundup proceeds directly to the Call of Duty Endowment and will match the donations raised up to $100,000.

“Service members and their families give their all for our country and have incredible talents to offer in the civilian workforce upon leaving the military,” said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company. “The Call of Duty Endowment has helped more than 100,000 veterans and their family members find career opportunities that leverage their skills, and we are honored to join them in this endeavor. We are proud to employ veterans across our organization and to further our mission to Fuel Life’s Journeys by giving back and saying, ‘Thank you’ to everyone who’s served.”

Also, 7-Eleven, Speedway and Stripes are offering a free Quarter-Pound Big Bite 100% all-beef hot dog in honor of Veterans. Available in-store and via delivery through the 7NOW app, this deal is only redeemable on November 11.

Love’s Travel Stops is celebrating those who have served in the military by offering veterans a food and drink deal on Veterans Day in addition to extending a $150,000 donation to Operation Homefront.

On November 11, all who have served or those currently serving in the military can get a free roller-grill item and fountain drink with the purchase of one roller-grill item at participating locations. A special edition, 24-ounce Operation Homefront tumbler will also be available for purchase throughout the month of November, with $5 from each sale going directly to the organization while supplies last.

“Veterans Day is a day for us to ‘pay it forward’ and say, ‘thank you’ to all current and former military members,” said Jenny Love Meyer, chief culture officer and executive vice president of Love’s. “We always enjoy finding new ways to support our veterans and Operation Homefront for the dedicated and impactful work they do.”