Community service

Spotlight on Community Service: GPM, Maverik, Stripes and Stacy’s

NATIONAL REPORT – Giving back through community service efforts and charitable giving is a positive force that keeps many retailers and suppliers in this industry moving forward. Regularly, Convenience Store News highlights these philanthropic efforts in this special section.

Here are the company’s latest projectors:

Casey’s General Stores

Casey’s is asking guests to round up their purchases to help fund its annual Cash for Classrooms grant program, which provides funds for projects and initiatives that benefit private, public and nonprofit K-12 schools. .

“Schools are at the heart of each of our communities, like Casey’s, and we are honored to be able to support students, teachers and families through the Cash for Classrooms grant program. We encourage our guests to join forces with Casey’s and Keurig Dr Pepper by rounding up when shopping in our stores or when purchasing the CORE combo during this campaign, ”said Megan Elfers, President of Casey’s Charities.

Guests can also donate to this year’s campaign in two other ways:

  • Keurig Dr Pepper will donate $ 1 for every 3 for $ 5 combination of CORE water of hydration purchased, up to $ 25,000; and
  • Casey’s will donate $ 1 for every large pizza purchase made on Monday August 30, up to $ 100,000.

In 2021, Casey’s Cash for Classrooms grant program awarded schools $ 1 million through 99 grants. Funding priorities included physical improvements, material needs, teacher support, and community engagement initiatives.

Every dollar raised will go to this year’s Cash for Classrooms grant program, which opens its application process from October 1 to November 30. Grant applications can range from $ 3,000 to $ 50,000.

GPM Investments LLC

GPM Investments recently sponsored the 45th Annual Mountain Empire Senior Citizens Walkathon for the agency’s Elderly Emergency Fuel Fund (MEOC). Together, Fas Mart, Roadrunner Markets and Scotchman Convenience Stores raised $ 116,651.

This was the 11th year that GPM has sponsored the MEOC Walkathon and participated as a Gold Sponsor in the event.

“We are passionate about working with local organizations to improve our community,” said Michael Bloom, Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing and Commercialization of GPM Investments. “We are proud to be a long-time sponsor of the annual MEOC Walkathon and to contribute to a program that does so much to care for the elderly in Southwest Virginia.

MEOC has served Southwest Virginia since 1974, providing a range of services aimed at helping seniors live independently in their homes and communities for as long as possible and safely. Services include home and community nutrition, home support, advocacy, wellness programs and more.

“We are delighted to have GPM as a longtime sponsor,” said Michael Wampler, Executive Director of Mountain Empire Older Citizens. “Providing support to the Emergency Fuel Fund for over a decade, they perfectly illustrate the theme of this year’s Walkathon ‘Strong Community Spirits’ and how our community has always supported those in need. . “

GPM Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARKO Corp., is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and operates or supplies stores in 33 states and Washington DC. As the sixth largest convenience store chain in the country, GPM has approximately 3,000 locations comprising approximately 1,400 company stores and 1,650 distribution sites to which it supplies fuel.

The Hershey Company.

Following last year’s isolation and the cancellation of their city’s annual end-of-summer celebration in 2020, a high school carpentry class, alongside their carpentry teacher, turned up. rallied to build tables of fire and pits to reconnect their community on Hershey’s S ‘mores.

“Festival leaders were inspired by a Hershey’s S’mores ad, which depicted a neighborhood coming together around a cluster of homes to make S’mores,” said Travis Oliver, industrial education professor at the Crookston High School. “We thought, what an amazing project for my store kids to do for the community and what a great way to come together in a smooth and safe way in 2021.”

With help from the local fire department, festival coordinators, local sponsors and businesses, and Hershey – including a full chocolate palette – the very first S’mores community event was born.

“We were blown away when we learned about the project these kids had built, and we were really inspired by this whole city – from the teacher, from the local festival organizers and even from the firefighters who helped out,” said Alyssa Smith, Hershey Brand Manager. “We wanted to support their hard work and passion, so we sent them everything they needed to make the S’mores table the showcase for the Ox Cart Festival.”

Love’s travel stops

Love’s has launched a campaign to support the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals which runs through September 30. To donate, customers can purchase a paper balloon for $ 1, $ 5, $ 10, or $ 20 or round up change to the nearest dollar at checkout. Additionally, stores will safely hold raffles, fundraisers, and sell CMN hospital merchandise like teddy bears and golf towels.