Guests at Maverik — Adventure’s First Stop, were especially kind this summer, rounding up their cash transactions to the nearest dollar at Maverik stores across 11 states. Generous customer donations raised $255,348 that will be donated to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The funds will strengthen Maverik’s $180,767 donation to Feeding America in Feb. from its last “Round Up” campaign, and its direct donation in Jan. of $150,000, totaling $586,115 donated in 2021.
The more than $225K donation will coincide with September’s Hunger Action Month, an annual nationwide campaign to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of hunger. It also aligns with Hunger Action Day, Sept. 17, where collective efforts across the county are focused for greater hunger-relief impact.
“We activated a second Round Up campaign this year to help support millions of our neighbors still struggling with hunger due to the pandemic,” said Chuck Maggelet, president and chief adventure guide of Maverik. “We’re overwhelmed and thankful to our customers for sparing their change to help fight this battle together.”
Ninety percent of customer donations that were raised locally will stay local, with each region’s collections going to serve food banks that assist people in that same region. Maverik’s donation will be distributed to 15 Feeding America member food banks across 11 western states where Maverik operates. The remaining donation will support Feeding America’s national strategies to help fight hunger in America.
Six of the food banks receiving the Round Up donation also received a direct donation from Maverik in Jan. of $22,500 each. Those food banks included Roadrunner Food Bank (Albuquerque), Idaho Food Bank (Meridian), Three Square Food Bank (Las Vegas), Food Bank of Northern Nevada (Sparks), Second Harvest Inland Northwest (Spokane), and Food Bank of the Rockies (serving people throughout Colorado and Wyoming). The remaining $15,000 from Maverik’s $150,000 donation in Jan. went to support Feeding America’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, used to provide food and funds to local food banks needing it most across the U.S.
“Hunger is an issue that impacts every community in our country. One in eight people, including nearly 12 million children, may not know where they will find their next meal. Feeding America is grateful to Maverik for their commitment to fighting hunger. We are especially grateful that Maverik is helping to shine a spotlight on the issue of hunger in communities they serve during Hunger Action Month,” said Lauren Biedron, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America.
Maverik is proud to continue its support to Feeding America given its nationwide impact. Through its nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, the Feeding America network of food banks are working on the front lines to help bring food to the most vulnerable populations across the country. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, tens of millions more people have sought local food bank assistance, 40 percent of whom are doing so for the first time.
Maverik fuels adventures in more than 370 locations and growing across 11 western states, making it the largest independent fuel marketer in the Intermountain West. Locations include Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Maverik is known for its premium BonFire food, made fresh in every store, every day, and values on fuel, drinks, and snacks. Maverik sells exclusive products such as freshmade, gourmet burritos, sandwiches, pizzas, toasted-subs, cookies, and coffee blends from around the world.