Sheetz kids meal

Sheetz's free kids meal includes a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.

ALTOONA, Pa. - Sheetz is sharing the success of its efforts to fight hunger during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Altoona-based convenience store chain announced Thursday that its Kidz Meal Bagz program has provided nearly 600,000 free meals to children and families in need since it was launched on April 2.

Sheetz said the program, which offered a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink, will end next Friday, June 5, when all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties will have moved to the yellow phase of the state's reopening process.

"I'm so proud of our employees who truly stepped up to make the Meal Bagz program happen," said Travis Sheetz, the company's president and chief operating officer. "Their dedication to help the communities we serve made a real impact, providing over 600,000 meals to those in need."

Sheetz For the Kidz, an employee-driven charity that helps children in need, has also donated $620,000 to Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, including Helping Harvest and Second Harvest.

"Despite this positive impact, we know the need doesn't go away," Sheetz said. "We will continue our mission to provide hunger relief through additional initiatives such as our Made-to-Share program and weekly food donations, current Feeding America donation match campaign and Sheetz For the Kidz's support of Feeding America."

For every 200 points a customer donates on the MySheetz app through June 30, $1 will be donated to Feeding America. Sheetz will match donations up to $100,000.