November 10, 2014 09:24 ET

This Veterans Day, Wawa Pays Tribute to Our Troops and Their Families With Free Coffee All Day

Wawa Thanks Veterans With Free Coffee of Any Size & Ships 5,000 Care Packages to Deployed Troops

WAWA, PA--(Marketwired - Nov 10, 2014) - Wawa, Inc. today announced this Veterans Day the company will offer free coffee of any size to veterans, active military members and their families, all day. The giveaway will take place on November 11, 2014, at all of Wawa's more than 650 stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. Throughout the day, Wawa expects to give away more than 200,000 cups of coffee, thanking these dedicated men and women and their families for their service.

"Veterans Day gives us all a chance to pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country so bravely, and this year, thanks to the efforts and suggestions of our associates, we're excited to recognize our veterans in new and meaningful ways," said Chris Gheysens, Wawa's President and CEO. "We're doing this through a massive care package assembly at Wawa University the day before Veterans Day, and on Veterans Day itself, free coffee giveaways in our stores. Since 2002, we've been providing troops abroad with a taste of home through our coffee care packages, and it's an honor to celebrate our veterans and their families in our stores, with this free coffee offer."

Operation Taste of Home care packages are an annual tradition organized by Wawa Associates and supported by the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO) who, together, help send thousands of care packages to our troops currently deployed. Through the years, Wawa has sent hundreds of thousands of cups of coffee and care packages to the troops overseas who have written to request it. Partnering with the Liberty USO to formally send care packages to the troops is just one of the many ways Wawa shows support and thanks for the great men and women who keep our country safe.

About Wawa's Commitment to Fulfilling Lives

Wawa believes that it has a role in making the world a better place. For Wawa associates, that doesn't mean simply filling customer orders -- it means fulfilling the lives that they touch every day. Beginning with its first store, Wawa has worked its way into the hearts, minds and fabric of people's lives. Wawa does it around the clock, in 3 1/2 minute doses, every day -- 24/7, 365 days a year. Wawa is so committed to this concept, it has made fulfilling lives its ultimate purpose and goal -- every day. In 2014, Wawa will extend its commitment to fulfilling lives every day through several groundbreaking initiatives and announcements including: the launch of The Wawa Foundation to formalize and increase its support of charities and community programs; the celebration of its 50th anniversary in the convenience industry; the release of its first book authored by former President & CEO Howard Stoeckel titled, The Wawa Way: How a funny name and six core values revolutionized convenience; and through the opening of 45 new Wawa stores dedicated to enhancing Wawa's presence in our markets and bringing the Wawa experience to more people.

About Wawa, Inc.

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, Pa, in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and "certified" process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960's, Grahame Wood, George's grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATM's. A chain of more than 650 convenience retail stores (over 365 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and Central Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

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