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    Wawa Continues Partnership with Local Food Banks

    C-store chain holds its ninth annual Check-Out Hunger campaign this month.

    WAWA, Pa. -- Wawa Inc. is holding its ninth annual Check-Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign runs from Nov. 3 to Nov. 30, in all of Wawa’s 570 stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

    Check-Out Hunger is a yearly in-store fundraising campaign allowing Wawa customers to combat area hunger through scanned UPC coupons. Customers can either add $1, $3 or $5 donations to their Wawa purchase or they can chose to purchase "soup bowl" cutouts to be displayed with their name in the store. Proceeds benefit the Feeding America food banks throughout the chain’s market area, the company stated.

    "At Wawa, we have our always taken our commitment to fighting hunger very seriously, and we are keenly aware that the aid and support of local food banks is a critical piece in the fighting hunger equation," said Howard Stoeckel, Wawa’s president and CEO. "Through our Check-Out Hunger campaign, we hope to assist the life-altering work of our local food banks, creating a brighter, hunger-free future for everyone."

    Check-Out Hunger is part of Wawa’s ongoing efforts to fight hunger. In addition to this annual campaign, the retailer makes corporate contributions through its sponsorship of Kid’s Café & Baby Manna programs, as well as additional in-store fundraising.

    Over the past five years, Wawa has contributed more than $500,000 from in-store fundraising and corporate contributions, and said it hopes to build on the success of last year’s Check-Out Hunger campaign, where stores received more than $100,000 in donations and raised enough funds to provide 1 million meals to local food banks.

    "This year, Check-Out Hunger is arriving in stores just in time," stated Mary O’Connell, regional Check-Out Hunger coordinator. "The Feeding America food banks across the region need help more than ever during this economic crisis. With more people in need when food bank shelves are empty, Check-Out Hunger is absolutely crucial to our operations. Wawa and its customers have been longtime supporters and their generosity will help make the 2008 campaign a huge success for the food banks and all those we serve."

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