Sunoco Gets Low to 'Caffeinate Charleston'

Partners with Lowcountry Food Bank on exclusive coffee blend to benefit region

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sunoco Inc. has forged a corporate partnership with Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB), an agency supporting the poor and hungry of the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. At Sunoco's APlus convenience stores throughout the Lowcountry region, consumers may donate a cup of coffee to LCFB through the purchase of APlus' new Lowcountry Blend, now on sale, they announced at a "Caffeinate Charleston" press conference on the loading dock at LCFB yesterday.

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All 26 regional APlus locations are selling the new blend of coffee, a medium-body mix of Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Mexican and Honduran coffees with a mix of nutty flavors. The blend was created exclusively for Lowcountry residents by Sunoco and its specialty coffee roaster, Coffee Bean International, to appeal to the Lowcountry palate.

Local residents, APlus store employees and regional business and community leaders chose the name and final roast.

Sunoco will donate a portion of the proceeds for each cup of coffee sold to support the LCFB.

"Lowcountry Food Bank plays an integral role here and throughout the 10-county region they serve. Hunger and food shortages in homes are still an ongoing battle nationwide and Sunoco is proud to work with food banks nationally to help local organizations battle the ongoing challenges of hunger. The new offering of the Lowcountry Blend at local APlus stores and the donation of a cup-for-a-cup is an opportunity for area residents to help their neighbors in need,´ said Ruth Clauser, president of the Sunoco Foundation.

"On behalf of the Lowcountry Food Bank and the thousands of food insecure families we serve, I would like to thank Sunoco for their partnership and commitment to fighting hunger in our community. By including Lowcountry Food Bank in their Caffeinate Charleston campaign, Sunoco will create much needed hunger awareness for our neighbors in need. Their philanthropic leadership in our business community is inspiring," said Charleston, S.C.-based Lowcountry Food Bank president and CEO Pat Walker.

"Sunoco is honored to provide this donation to Lowcountry Food Bank through our twenty-six APlus locations throughout the Lowcountry region," added Cynthia Archer, Sunoco's vice president of marketing. "Being able to help LCFB continue its mission to feed the poor and hungry of the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina through the sales of the Lowcountry Blend is an honor and our store associates are thrilled to be a part of this campaign."

Sunoco Inc., Philadelphia, is a leading logistics and retail company with a network of approximately 4,900 retail locations in 23 states.