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Pilot Company donates to support East Tennessee, professional drivers during COVID-19 pandemic
Pilot Company announced today that it is donating $225,000 to East Tennessee nonprofit organizations in response to immediate community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to provide direct support and essential resources to community members, professional drivers and frontline workers most in need of financial relief and necessities such as food and childcare, through the organizations that serve them.
“This is an incredibly tough time, and our hearts go out to all those who are impacted by this pandemic,” said Jim Haslam II, founder and chairman of Pilot Company. “We are committed to partnering with area nonprofits to help meet the immediate needs of those most affected, especially in our hometown of Knoxville and professional drivers across the country. Through these organizations and their services, we hope to provide some relief to the many families and professional drivers grappling with financial hardships, job disruptions or childcare challenges. More than ever, we must take care of each other and work together.”
The donations include gifts to United Way of Greater Knoxville’s COVID-19 Response Fund, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund.
Pilot Company’s gift to United Way of Greater Knoxville’s COVID-19 Response Fund will provide direct support to local nonprofits delivering essential services to those affected by the crisis. Support to Second Harvest will help fight hunger in East Tennessee as the organization works around the clock to serve an unprecedented number of people needing assistance during this health crisis. The donation to Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley will support the organization as it maintains and expands services to care for the children of essential workers during this critical time.
Headquartered in Knoxville, St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) assists professional drivers and their families when an illness or injury causes them to be out of work, the instances of which could increase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professional drivers needing assistance from SCF can apply at truckersfund.org/application.
For more information about Pilot Company’s response during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit pilotflyingj.com/covid-response. To learn more about Pilot Company and its longstanding commitment to giving back, visit pilotcompany.com/about.
About Pilot Company
Pilot Company is a growth company focused on innovative solutions across its retail, energy and logistics operations. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company supplies more than 11 billion gallons of fuel per year. Its industry-leading network of more than 900 retail and fueling locations provides travelers with convenient stops that offer a variety of amenities and products to make road travel easier. The Pilot Flying J travel center network includes locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 630 restaurants, 73,000 truck parking spaces, 5,200 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and 35 Truck Care service centers. The One9 Fuel Network connects smaller fleets and professional drivers to the services they need at a variety of fueling locations. The energy division optimizes the sourcing and supply of fuel, DEF, bio and renewables and provides critical hauling and disposal services in our nation’s busiest basins as the third largest tanker fleet in North America. Pilot Company is currently ranked No. 10 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit https://www.pilotcompany.com/ for more information.