NATIONAL REPORT — As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to disrupt every area of modern-day life, convenience store retailers and suppliers know that giving back through community service efforts and charitable donations is a positive force that will keep the channel moving forward.
In this special edition of Community Service Spotlight, Convenience Store News highlights these philanthropic efforts. Here are the latest company spotlights:
Anheuser-Busch InBev producing and distributing hand sanitizer to accommodate the growing need across the U.S. Its flagship breweries in Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Los Angeles are producing hand sanitizer alongside their partners at Cutwater Spirits in San Diego and Devils Backbone Brewing Co. in Roseland, Va.
The initial production run from the Baldwinsville brewery totaled nearly 90,000 eight-ounce bottles and was delivered to support local communities and relief efforts in California, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Additional supplies of hand sanitizer from the upstate New York brewery are being delivered to emergency management agencies, food banks, and healthcare systems in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington, D.C.
"Our communities and our people are incredibly resilient," said Adam Warrington, vice president of better world at Anheuser-Busch. "By providing resources to those on the front lines, we are committed to doing our part to support the individuals across the country who truly represent the best of the American spirit."
To date, the company's flagship breweries have provided more than 175,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to 10 states and Washington, D.C.
Casey's General Stores
Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey's donated more than 30,000 pounds of food, equal to 25,000 meals, to the Food Bank of Iowa, as well as more than 7,700 pounds of food to the Terre Haute Catholic Charities.