CHICAGO — This community service roundup features the charitable efforts of four convenience-store retailers and four industry suppliers.
Read on for more about the initiatives …
Enmarket, Savannah, Ga., raised $137,758 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Savannah. In six years of collecting community donations for the fundraiser, the company has raised nearly $640,000.
For one month each year, the chain’s 124 convenience stores sell Light the Night paper balloon icons for $1 each. The proceeds support the society’s mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families. Enmarket No. 845 was the top fundraising store for the second year in a row, this year raising $5,187.
Enmarket team members presented the check Nov. 9 at the Light the Night Walk.
Stewart’s Shops and the Dake family matched $50,000 raised by the community to go toward the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center. The center supports community programming such as domestic violence advocacy and educational outreach, family development programming, free income tax preparation and more. The donations will allow the center to expand.
The Ballston Spa, N.Y.-based chain gives $7.5 million annually, and $5 million of that comes from the Dake Family Foundations.
Two charities will receive $20,000 each thanks to Rutter’s 2019 Vote With Your Dollars Program.
The Vote With Your Dollars Program allows Rutter’s VIP loyalty members to choose the local charity they will support with their purchases at Rutter’s locations. Every dollar spent at the pump or inside the store counts as a vote for their chosen charity.
This year the York, Pa.-based chain awarded the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation and the Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Rutter’s has donated more than $250,000 to local charities since the program started in 2015.
The Gate Foundation
The Gate Foundation, Jacksonville, Fla., the philanthropic affiliate of Gate Petroleum Co., presented $115,000 to the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation to support the organization’s new Teen Center. The Gate Foundation raised the money during its annual charity golf tournament.
MaliVai promotes academic achievement and positive life skills through the sport of tennis for students in kindergarten through high school.
The Pop-Tarts brand, part of Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich., and United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va., have launched Rep My City Challenge, an initiative for people ages 13 to 22 to help their hometowns.
The contest will provide 10 winners with $5,000 each to the most innovative ideas that can help better their community, whether it be tackling food insecurity or mental health issues. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31 and winners will be announced in January.
Frito-Lay North America
PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America is giving a $1 million grant from the PepsiCo Foundation to support its Southern Dallas Thrives initiative.
The Plano, Texas-based company has provided more than $3 million to the initiative works to improve the quality of preschool education in southern Dallas communities, provide families with meals and prepare high school students for careers and college.
The $1 million Pathways by PepsiCo grant will focus on workforce readiness for women in southern Dallas.
The PepsiCo Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Frito-Lay, have committed funding to Social Venture Partners Dallas to invest in the Dallas Center for Arts and Technology program. The program will provide free childcare for children ages 5 and younger, immerse youth in arts during after-school programs and provide workforce training to adults.
Kind Healthy Snacks
Kind Healthy Snacks launched Kind Heroes, its first limited-edition offering that thanks the military community. Through the project, Kind Heroes bars have special packaging with red, white and blue stars.
The New York-based company will donate the proceeds from Kind Heroes to Hope for the Warriors’ Warrior’s Wish Program, with a minimum donation of $10,000.
The snack, which comes in Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, could be ordered online through Nov. 30.
Stacy’s Rise Project
Stacy’s Pita Chips has named the winner of the Stacy’s Rise Project, which was created to help female entrepreneurs gain funding for their business.
Hannah Hong of Hakuna Brands—a plant-based, dairy-free frozen dessert company—was awarded the $100,000 grand prize. The project and mentorship program also facilitates an online community of more than 1,400 businesswomen and has awarded $200,000 in business grants to women this year.
Stacy’s Pita Chips is a division of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo.