There’s always so much going on at any Sheetz in Guilford County that the businesses seem more like a little self-contained city than a convenience store/restaurant/gas station/meeting place.

Well, now, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Sheetz is taking on another role, that of charitable food provider for kids and families in need.

On Wednesday, April 1, Sheetz announced a new “Kidz Meal Bagz” program that provides free food to children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Beginning on Thursday, April 2, the meal bags will be available all day long and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.

According to the press release announcing the move by the popular chain, “Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program should go to participating Sheetz locations and ask an employee at the register for a meal. Families will be offered one bag per child. Meals will be available daily while supplies last.”

Travis Sheetz, the president and COO of Sheetz Inc., said that this program is meant to address a need created by the pandemic.

“The spread of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures has left many children across the communities we serve without a reliable food source,” he stated. “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.”

The program will be available at 294 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

It will run for a period of two weeks, at which time it will be reevaluated “based on community need.”

A full list of participating locations can be found at

The chain, which began in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, is one of the country’s fastest-growing convenience store chains, now with more than 20,000 employees. They are all are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.