Parker’s Donates $94,659 to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia through Inaugural Round-Up Charitable Giving Campaign
Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker, right, and Parker’s Community Outreach Manager Olivia Parker, left, recently presented a check for $94,659 to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia as part of the inaugural Parker’s round-up campaign. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Executive Director Mary Jane Crouch, center, accepted the donation on behalf of the nonprofit organization, which will use the funding to provide food for area families in need during the holiday season.
SAVANNAH, GA – As part of an ongoing commitment to give back to the community and to be a force for positive change, Parker’s recently donated $94,659 to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia through the company’s inaugural round-up campaign, which encouraged customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar.
Parker’s customers in Georgia donated $75,388 over a four-month period, with Parker’s matching 25% of each customer donation. All proceeds in Georgia were administered through the Parker’s Community Fund, which supports area 501(c)3 organizations dedicated to making a positive, measurable impact in key focus areas, including education, healthcare and hunger. All round-up proceeds in South Carolina were donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank, with an additional 25% match from Parker’s.
“At Parker’s, we think it’s extremely important to give back to the communities that have supported us over the years and to do our part to help reduce hunger right here in Savannah, where our company is based,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We are incredibly grateful to our customers in Georgia for their generosity during our inaugural round-up campaign and want to continue to be a force for positive change.”
Established in 1981 in Savannah, Ga., America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a locally inspired, volunteer-driven nonprofit food bank and community partnering organization. Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families and people with disabilities who are at risk for hunger throughout Coastal Georgia. Last year, Second Harvest food bank provided more than 19.8 million meals and more than 25.5 million pounds of food to individuals and families in need.
Founded in 2021, the Parker’s Community Fund was created by a generous donation from Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker and Parker’s. Grants are currently being awarded to qualifying nonprofit organizations throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Parker’s provided funding for Union Mission in Savannah, Ga. to open the Parker House for Women, the first facility for unaccompanied homeless women in the region. Known for its longstanding commitment to charitable giving, Parker’s is one of the most generous companies in the convenience store industry and in the Southeast.
In recent years, Parker’s endowed the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga., and made a record $5 million donation to the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University, supporting the next generation of business leaders in Georgia. In addition, the company’s acclaimed Fueling the Community charitable giving initiative donates a percentage of gas sold at all Parker’s locations on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools.
Parker’s stands apart as one of America’s most respected convenience store brands and is known for having the cleanest stores in the industry. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Parker’s has enjoyed steady 20 to 24 percent annual growth every year for the past 23 years and has been featured six times on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The company also offers an acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program, which saves customers time and money at the pump as well as in the store.
In 2020, Parker’s was named the Convenience Store Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions, which is the industry’s highest honor. The company has been honored by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Convenience Stores and by Convenience Store News as the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year.
Since its founding in 1976, Parker’s has grown to become an award-winning company that was recently voted one America’s #3 gas station brand by USA TODAY readers. The Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 300,000 members, has saved customers more than $15 million to date. Parker’s employs more than 1,200 individuals throughout South Carolina and Georgia and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily.
For more information about the Parker’s Round-up Campaign and the company’s commitment to charitable giving, visit parkerskitchen.com.
Honored as the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, Parker’s is strategically redefining the nation’s convenience store industry, offering customers high-quality products, freshly prepared food and superior customer service at retail stores throughout southeast Georgia and South Carolina. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Parker’s has a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s leading convenience store and foodservice companies. Parker’s Kitchen, the popular food-centric brand under the Parker’s umbrella, serves world-famous hand-breaded Southern Fried Chicken Tenders as well as made-from-scratch mac ‘n’ cheese, a breakfast bar and daily specials. The company’s popular Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 300,000 members, has saved Parker’s customers more than $15 million to date. Learn more: www.parkerskitchen.com.
ABOUT AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST OF COASTAL GEORGIA, INC.:
America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia serves as a regional food bank, functioning as the food warehouse and distribution center to more than 245 non-profit organizations and churches in our area. Through food relief programs and collaboration with partner agencies, America’s Second Harvest distributed more than 25.5 million pounds of food last year to people in need in our community – children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness and others whose incomes are insufficient to meet their basic needs. To learn more about how America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is leading the effort to end hunger and improve lives in our community, call (912) 236-6750 or visit www.helpendhunger.org.