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Parker's donates $12,000 to Effingham County School District
Parker's donation
Parker’s Chief of Staff Kate Smith (right) recently presented a Fueling the Community check for $12,000 to the Effingham County School District. Superintendent Dr. Yancy Ford (left) accepted the donation on behalf of the school system Oct. 7. - photo by Photo submitted

SPRINGFIELD -- Parker’s -- a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader that was named the 2020 CStore Decisions Convenience Store Chain of the Year -- recently donated $12,000 to the Effingham County School District as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program, which donates one cent of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to local schools.

The check presentation took place at the Effingham County Board of Education building, located at 405 Ash St., on Oct. 7. Superintendent Dr. Yancy Ford accepted the donation on behalf of the school district. The donation is part of nearly $150,000 Parker’s is giving to schools in Georgia and South Carolina this fall.

“We’re deeply honored to support teachers and students in Effingham County through our Fueling the Community program and to give back to local schools,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “At Parker’s, we believe education has the power to transform lives and uplift communities. It’s truly an honor to support Effingham County Schools, year after year.”

Launched in 2011 with a mission to give back to every community where Parker’s does business, the Parker’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative distributes more than $200,000 annually to public and private schools throughout Georgia and South Carolina. To date, Parker’s has donated more than $1 million to area schools through the program.

Deeply engaged with the communities it serves, Parker’s endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads the Keep Savannah Clean anti-litter campaign. In 2019, Parker’s also donated a record $5 million to create the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University.

Founded in 1976, Parker’s is one of America’s most respected convenience store brands and is known for having the cleanest stores in the industry. Parker’s serves award-winning Southern-inspired food and offers an acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program. The company gives back to every community where it does business through the Fueling the Community charitable giving program.

Parker’s has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for five years and was honored by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Convenience Stores, by The Shelby Report as the Southeast Retailer of the Year and by Convenience Store News as the Foodservice Leader of the Year. The company employs more than 1,200 individuals throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily.