Wawa, ExxonMobil Donate to Charity

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Wawa, ExxonMobil Donate to Charity

WAWA, Pa. -- Wawa Inc., is holding its eighth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks in all of its 570 stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Check Out Hunger --- which began Monday and runs through Dec. 3 -- is an annual in-store fundraising campaign that allows Wawa customers to combat area hunger through scannable UPC coupons. Customers can either add $1, $2 or $5 donations to their Wawa purchase, or they can choose to purchase "soup bowl" cutouts to be displayed with their name in the store, the company reported. The proceeds will benefit the America Second Harvest food banks throughout Wawa's market area.

"At Wawa, we are keenly aware that food banks are vital in their ability to help feed the hungry by reaching out to those who need it most," said Howard Stoeckel, president and CEO of Wawa. "Each year, more than 300,000 families are fed through the efforts of local food banks, and through campaigns like these, we hope that we can check out hunger permanently."

In addition to this campaign, each year, Wawa makes corporate contributions through the sponsorship of Kids Cafe and Baby Manna programs, as well as through additional in-store fundraising. Over the past four years, Wawa has contributed more than $825,000 from in-store fundraising and corporate contributions.

"We're constantly overwhelmed by the concern and generosity of our customers, who realize that through a small donation, they can help to enact positive change within the community," said Stoeckel.

In other charity news, ExxonMobil employees and companies in the metropolitan Washington area have set a campaign record by raising over $2.24 million for nonprofits during its recently concluded Employees' Favorite Charities Campaign, the company reported.

"Another record breaking campaign by our employees in support of our local health and human services organizations here in northern Virginia," said Bob Schleckser, 2007 ExxonMobil Employees' Favorite Charities Campaign chairman and downstream treasurer for Exxon Mobil Corp. "Our employees understand the impact our support has on many local organizations during a critical time of need. Their response was record-breaking, with nearly 98 percent of our employees contributing this year."

Employees and ExxonMobil this year combined for an increase of 11.1 percent ($225,490) throughout the 2006 campaign to help support their favorite nonprofit organizations. The ExxonMobil Employees' Favorite Charities Campaign allowed employees to give to any charity with 100 percent of their contribution going to their designated charity, according to the company.

Exxon Mobil Corp. provided a corporate contribution that will be distributed to 207 local health and human services nonprofit organizations based on aggregate donations from employees.

The ExxonMobil family has a long history of supporting community groups and educational organizations in the greater Washington area, not only with contributions and grants to targeted organizations, but also with thousands of employees and retirees who volunteer to local nonprofits, according to the company. Organizations received checks ranging from $217 to $17,217.