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Wawa Donates 3,000 Appreciation Kits to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia to Distribute to The School District of Philadelphia Essential Employees

Monday, March 15, 2021
PHILADELPHIA—(March 12, 2021)--To mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wawa and The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia (The Fund) recognized over 3,000 essential District employees who have remained onsite to provide food and support to students and families in need.

The Fund, at the urging of the School District itself, wanted to find a way to acknowledge the work done by support staff over the past year under extraordinarily difficult conditions.  As a company dedicated to serving the community with essential services as well, Wawa donated 3,000 of the appreciation kits each of which includes a Wawa gift card as well as coupons for hoagies, donuts, coffee, and other beverages. The Fund then purchased an additional 1,335 appreciation kits for bus drivers, IT professionals, building engineers and others for a total of 4,335 kits distributed.

“When the pandemic first hit, one of our main concerns was ensuring how our students who rely on the District for access to healthy, nutritious meals could be supported if they weren’t able to come to school each day,” said William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D., superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. “Our Food Services Team truly became our essential workers, diligently working to seamlessly support our students and families by coordinating meal distributions at school sites across the City of Philadelphia. And, I’m pleased to say that, since March 2020, this group of hardworking individuals reported to work each week and the results of their time and energy allowed for the District to distribute more than eight million meals to students.”

“As an essential business, Wawa understands firsthand the importance of remaining open to serve the community during times of need and are honored to help Dr. Hite, The School District of Philadelphia and The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia recognize these essential employees who showed such an ongoing commitment to serving students and families throughout the pandemic,” said David Simonetti, Senior Director of Store Operations, Wawa. “It gives us great pride to support this effort and we hope this small gesture of gifting an appreciation kit brightens the days of essential workers whose support meant so much to the community.”