Parker’s, one of the nation’s leading foodservice and convenience store companies, recently donated $27,000 to Beaufort County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program, which donates one cent of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to local schools.
A portion of the Parker’s donation funds the school district’s annual Support Person of the Year recognition program, which honors school nurses, social workers, bookkeepers, office managers, teacher assistants, school secretaries, and technology and data specialists. Other funds go to specific schools designated by Parker’s PumpPal customers when they purchase their gasoline on the first Wednesday of each month.
“At Parker’s, we’re committed to giving back to the Beaufort County community and supporting local schools through our Fueling the Community program,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We know education has the power to transform lives, reduce crime and expand opportunities. We’re grateful to all the Beaufort County School District teachers, administrators and staff who work hard every day to support student success in the classroom.”
Parker’s launched its charitable initiative in 2011 and has donated money to public and private schools in every community where Parker’s does business.
Beaufort County School Board Chair Dr. Christina Gwozoz accepted the donation on behalf of the school district.
“This generosity we see from Parker’s every year is really impressive,” Gwozoz said. “Over the past five years, they have donated nearly $100,000 to district schools, and that’s a solid investment in our kids.”
Founded in 1976, Parker’s has earned accolades for its new Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, award-winning Fueling the Community charitable initiative, innovative mobile app and acclaimed PumpPal program, which has saved customers more than $10 million since its inception. All Parker’s stores offer fountain drinks with Chewy Ice, bean-to-cup gourmet coffee, freshly brewed sweet tea, a wide range of convenience items and high-quality gasoline.
Parker’s has been ranked on Inc.’s elite list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for four consecutive years, has been recognized by USA Today for its impressive food selection and was recently named the Food Service Leader of the Year by Convenience Store News. The company employs nearly 1,000 individuals at 56 stores throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily.