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Sheetz provides free meal bags for kids in need / April 06, 2020

Sheetz in Riverdale is taking part in the convenience store chain’s new Kidz Meal Bagz program, which provides free food for children and families who might otherwise go hungry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meal Bagz include a turkey sandwich, chips, and a drink. The bags are passed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We do not know how many bags will arrive every morning on the truck,” said Heather Durand, Sheetz kitchen manager at the Highway 501-58 store location in Riverdale. She added that folks should come early for their Kidz Meal Bagz. The first day, the Riverdale store had 15 food bags to pass out to those in need.

The chain launched the program to help people who are dealing with a loss of income and food security issues as a result of the pandemic. “The spread of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures has left many children across the communities we serve without a reliable food source,” said Travis Sheetz, president and COO of Sheetz, Inc.

Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to participating Sheetz locations and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child. Meals will be available daily while supplies last. The program will be available for a period of two weeks at which time it will be reevaluated based on community need.

“It is our hope Sheetz’s Kidz Meal Bagz program will make a small difference and provide nourishment to those in need during these uncertain times,” said Sheetz.

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