C-Stores Continue to Honor, Support Emergency Response Workers

Recent food donations include pizza, doughnuts and snack packs sent to fire departments, hospitals and other response centers
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Photograph courtesy of Quicklee's

POWELL, Tenn., and AVON, N.Y. — Convenience-store brands continue their strong support for emergency response workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In eastern Tennessee, Weigel’s has delivered dozens of pizzas and doughnuts to 15 local hospitals and 18 fire departments over the last few weeks. The pizzas and doughnuts are products Weigel’s makes in-house daily, making them ideal foods they can supply in bulk, the company said.


“The men and women who are on the front line each day serving our needs during this pandemic is such a heroic dedication to their professions,” said Kurt Weigel, director of recruiting for Weigel’s. “We just wanted to do a little something to let them know how much we appreciate them.”

In upstate New York, Quicklee’s Convenience Stores has partnered with several local food manufacturers to donate healthy, locally sourced snack packs to firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMT). Quicklee’s collaborated with local food producers N.Y. Chips, Partyka Pumpkin Seeds, The Perfect Granola and its main distributor, Healthy U, for the program. The donation included 400 snack packs delivered to 18 fire departments and emergency medical centers in New York’s Livingston and Monroe counties.

“We are honored to support the hard-working first responders in our area,” said Ken Perelli, vice president of Quicklee’s. “They offer our communities a service that is critically important, especially during these uncertain times, and we wanted to offer a token of our gratitude.”

Powell, Tenn.-based Weigel’s Inc. operates nearly 70 c-stores in eastern Tennessee. It is No. 99 on CSP’s 2019 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of retail outlets. CSP will release the updated list in June.

Avon, N.Y.-based Quicklee’s operates more than 20 c-stores and travel centers in upstate New York. Many of its locations include a Dunkin’ Donuts and Calabresella's New York Style Deli, truckstops equipped with a diesel mechanic shop, overnight parking, showers and laundry.

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