SAVANNAH, Ga. (Nov. 15, 2023) – Parker’s Kitchen – a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader – recently made a record $100,000 Fueling the Community donation to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System in Savannah, Ga. Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Bernadette Ball-Oliver accepted the donation on behalf of teachers and students at a special check presentation at the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts on Nov. 14.
The Parker’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative donates a percentage of gas sold at all Parker’s and Parker’s Kitchen locations on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools. The company has given more than $2 million to public and private schools in Georgia and South Carolina since the inception of the Fueling the Community program in 2011, including $380,000 during Fall 2023.
“We’re incredibly proud to be headquartered in Savannah and recognize that by investing in education, we’re supporting the growth of future leaders right here in our community,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “The Parker’s Kitchen Fueling the Community program underscores our longtime commitment to education, which is truly the tide that lifts all ships.”
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 September, the company made a landmark $1 million donation to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia to feed hungry children across the region, including Chatham County. Through the Parker’s Community Fund, the company also provided critical funding for Union Mission to open the Parker House for Women in Savannah, Ga., the region’s first facility for unaccompanied homeless women, and made a $5 million donation to Roper/St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C. to support uninsured and underinsured residents. The company also made a record $5 million donation to name the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University and endowed the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga.
Parker’s Kitchen 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., the company has enjoyed robust 20 to 24 percent annual growth every year for the past 25 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.
Parker’s Kitchen was recently recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina in an independent survey conducted by SC Biz. 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 Kitchen has grown to become an award-winning company that has been voted one of America’s top 10 gas station brands 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 120,000 transactions daily.
For more information about Parker’s Fueling the Community program 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: parkerskitchen.com.