7-Eleven Donates 1 Million Masks to FEMA in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
March 31, 2020 // Franchising.com // IRVING, TEXAS - 7-Eleven, Inc. has donated 1 million masks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to aid the medical community who are tirelessly battling the coronavirus pandemic.
“7-Eleven is a brand that cares deeply about the people and communities in which we operate, particularly the first responders and the medical community who put their lives on the line for us every day,” said 7-Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer Joe DePinto. “When we heard shortages of masks were becoming a serious issue in hospitals, we felt it was our responsibility to respond and help.”
Hospitals are facing critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes masks and gloves. The shortage has led to hospitals re-using masks and American volunteers sewing masks at home to donate to local hospitals.
7-Eleven has provided all stores and Franchisees with a supply of masks for use by Franchisees and their employees as they serve customers in their stores, and has donated all remaining inventory to FEMA.
The brand is also taking steps inside and outside of stores to provide customers with what they need in a safe and clean environment. Stores will soon have sneeze guards at registers, and 7-Eleven has enhanced its standards and procedures for hygiene, handwashing, sanitation, food handling as well as increased the frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces.
A leadership team at the company's Store Support Center is dedicated to staying up to date with the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to make the best adjustments to business operations and policies as needed. To learn more about 7-Eleven’s ongoing efforts in response to COVID-19, please visit: 7-Eleven.com/coronavirus-safety.
About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 70,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded into high-quality sandwiches, salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings and mini beef tacos. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select™ brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers can earn and redeem points on various items in stores nationwide through its 7Rewards® loyalty program, place an order in the 7NOW® delivery app in over 35 participating markets, or rely on 7-Eleven for bill payment service, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards customer loyalty platform on the 7-Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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