Tesoro Raises Funds To Fight Senior Hunger

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Tesoro Raises Funds To Fight Senior Hunger

SAN ANTONIO -- Tesoro Corp. teamed up with 15 local Meals on Wheels programs to help raise public awareness about the issue of senior hunger in America and provide funding to programs that serve homebound seniors within their communities.

The San Antonio-based convenience store chain donated two cents of every gallon of gasoline sold at its more than 450 Tesoro locations during Friday through Sunday, and is also donating $2,500 in fuel cards to each of the 15 programs to be used by the programs and their volunteers to purchase gasoline needed to make deliveries.

Local Meals On Wheels programs and other senior nutrition programs serve more than one million meals per day, but it is estimated that two million more are needed daily to meet the current need. The programs rely on volunteers to deliver meals, and in many cases they are senior citizens on fixed incomes. In recent months, some volunteers have reduced their participation or dropped out of the program entirely, resulting in cutbacks in meal deliveries in some areas of the country, Tesoro said in a news release.

Tesoro pledged a minimum contribution of $100,000 to the 15 local Meals on Wheels and senior nutrition programs throughout the three-day campaign. During the campaign, two cents of every gallon of gasoline sold was donated to the local programs. Funds will be divided based on the number of seniors served by each program.

The programs are located in the following locations: Kenai, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, Alaska; Spokane and Tri-Cities, Wash.; Pocatello, Idaho; Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah; Honolulu, Hawaii; Mandan, Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D.; Detroit Lakes and Avon, Minn.; and Atascadero, Calif.

"We are happy to partner with Meals on Wheels for this worthwhile charitable cause and hope that our leadership will encourage other companies in our industry to help support the organization," said Bill Finnerty, Tesoro's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Our goal is to fuel the organization's delivery cars and trucks and encourage volunteers to continue to provide the much-needed food to their recipients."

In other Tesoro news, the company has named Claude P. Moreau as vice president of marketing, effective Aug. 27. The lead marketing position was previously held by Dan Porter, who was recently named senior vice president, supply and optimization. Moreau will report to Bill Finnerty, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"We are very excited to have Claude as part of the Tesoro team," Finnerty said in a written statement. "His in-depth knowledge of marketing coupled with his international experience will assist us in creating value from our existing assets while identifying new opportunities to support our overall growth strategy."

Moreau has an extensive background in marketing and business development, and has held positions with Texaco Canada Inc., Alimentation Couche Tard Inc. and Texaco International Ltd. in West Africa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. From 2001 to 2003, he was vice president manufacturing and marketing for Chevron Texaco Latin America Products Co.