SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-based trucking firm Veteran Carriers has teamed up with Enmarket to salute one group of unsung heroes of the pandemic – the trucking community – with a series of free lunches throughout 2021.

The Feed a Trucker program will involve participating groups gathering at the Enmarket on Pine Barren Road and Highway 80 – one of the convenience store chain’s commercial trucking locations, serving big rigs going in and out of the Georgia Ports Authority – on the last Friday of the month for the rest of the year.

On the designated day each month, truckers can pull into Enmarket on Pine Barren Road and receive a free lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.from Enmarket’s The Eatery. They can choose from entrees such as hot wings, chicken tenders, various subs or sandwiches, and fresh salad, along with chips and a choice of beverage. They will simply collect their ticket from a representative of the participating volunteer group outside in the parking lot, and bring it in to collect their meal. The first group of participating volunteers will be the Veterans Council of Chatham County.

“Throughout 2020 and 2021, truckers have kept us fed and supplied, even during the darkest and most frightening days of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cliff White, president of Veteran Carriers. “We wanted to do something, however small, to acknowledge the sacrifice and determination these truckers have demonstrated. We wanted it to be for all truckers, not just our own drivers, and we worked out a way for volunteer groups like the Veterans Council of Chatham County to participate so that the truckers will know the community at large appreciates them.”

Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket, said the convenience store chain was delighted to participate. “Enmarket never closed its doors during the lockdown. As an essential business, our employees were there, selling gas and food. But we couldn’t have done it without truckers keeping us supplied, so we are pleased to join this expression of appreciation.”

Veteran Carriers is a veteran-owned and operated company based in Savannah, Georgia, adjacent to the largest container terminal in North America. Operating with over 100 trucks, Veterans Carriers specializes in intermodal/drayage shipping and storage. Established in 2017, Veterans Carriers can transport containers to and from port, rail ramps or shipping docks, and deliver the goods with the capacity to serve all the lower 48 states. The company is proud of the veterans they employ, the Trucking for a Cause fundraiser to benefit TACP families and Feed a Trucker Campaign. www.veterancarriers.com

Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,300 people and operates 129 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and two fast casual restaurants in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1964, the retailer was recognized in 2020 as the “Foodservice Innovator to Watch” by the CSNews Foodservice Advisory Council and noted as one of “the faster growing medium-sized chains in the industry” by Convenience Store News. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts; and to offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com