The "Kidz Meal Bagz" program will be offered for two weeks at participating locations.

The strain of the coronavirus pandemic can be felt in school closures and unemployment, rendering many families in need of necessities like food. Which is why Sheetz is stepping in to offer some much-needed relief for kids and their families.

Starting Thursday, April 2, Sheetz convenience stores will be offering free children's meals to assist families during the coronavirus pandemic. For two weeks, children can receive a lunch consisting of a turkey sandwich, chips, and a drink from any participating location. Just go to the front counter of the store and ask the employee for a meal. The meals will be available while supplies last, but they will be provided every day for the two-week duration.

“The spread of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures has left many children across the communities we serve without a reliable food source,” said President and COO Travis Sheetz in a public statement. “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.”

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The Pennsylvania-based chain has almost 300 locations across the East Coast, including Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Recently the company announced an hourly pay increase of $3 for their employees currently working during the pandemic. In addition to maintaining proper sanitation procedures in-store, they've also suspended their self-serve beverage station and bakery items. They also offer curbside pickup and delivery.

The program has been scheduled for two weeks, but the company will take the needs of the community into consideration before extending it. You can locate your nearest store here.

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