Convenience store competitors Sheetz, Wawa, come together over coronavirus

Workers from Sheetz and Wawa deliver food to the Helping Harvest Food Bank in Reading. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –


Sheetz and Wawa, two of Pennsylvania’s major convenience store chains, and often the subject of arguments between their fans as to which is the best, are working together to help area food banks struggling to manage a growing need caused by the pandemic.

Sheetz and Wawa combined donated 1,000 lunches and $4,000 to Helping Harvest Food Bank in Reading and Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. Lunches included a turkey sandwich, cookie, fruit cup, string cheese and bottle of water.

“The coronavirus pandemic has created a dramatic increase in food insecurity across the communities we serve,” said Joe Sheetz, CEO of Sheetz. “With a combined mission of feeding people, our hope is to support those impacted by this pandemic, to provide relief to ensure that food is not added to the list of worries as we fight this pandemic.”

While the pairing may seem unusual, the CEO of Wawa Chris Gheysen said “Now was the time to come together to help our neighbors and communities.”