Kangaroo Express Joins USO N.C. to Welcome Returning Fort Bragg Soldiers

Will provide breakfast to returning soldiers before address by President Obama

CARY, N.C. -- The Pantry Inc. is joining the USO of North Carolina in welcoming more than 200 men and women returning to Fort Bragg with breakfast before they are addressed by President Barack Obama today, December 14.

"Providing breakfast to these brave service men and women is just a small token of our appreciation for their service to our country and time spent overseas," said John Fisher, senior vice president of marketing at Kangaroo Express. "We are honored to be even a small part of what promises to be a memorable day for each of the returning personnel."

The service men and women will be treated with Kangaroo Express' Bean Street Coffee, Subway and Hardee's breakfast sandwiches and refreshments from Lance, Pepsi, Kellogg's, McLane and Bon Appetit.

With more than half of its stores located within 25 miles of a military installation, Kangaroo Express has supported the military and their families for many years, most recently raising $2.5 million for the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and local military support organizations as part of its summer-long "Salute Our Troops" fundraising campaign.

In other company news, as part of that campaign, Dave Henninger (pictured, second left), Kangaroo Express vice president of marketing, recently presented a giant check for $62,000 to the North Carolina National Guard Soldiers & Airmen Assistance Fund at a ceremony at the new North Carolina National Guard headquarters auditorium in Raleigh, N.C.. The fund provides emergency aid to National Guard families in financial crisis. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Jordan, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs.)

Kangaroo Express encouraged customers to donate $1 to the campaign, with funds raised directly benefiting the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other military support organizations, including the North Carolina National Guard Soldiers & Airmen Assistance Fund.

Over the 100-day fundraiser, the chain raised $2.5 million, more than double the original goal of $1 million. It attributed more than 90% of the funds raised to incremental dollar donations made at Kangaroo Express checkout counters.

Headquartered in Cary, N.C., The Pantry is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated c-store chains in the country. As of December 9, 2011, the company operated 1,627 stores in 13 states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner.