Country Fair annually gives to a variety of local charities. The Country Fair Cares (CFC) program was created in 2019 to assist 501 c-3 non-profit organizations with a pooled funding formula. Last year CFC raised $142,277 on behalf of five local non-profits. The Mercy Center for Women, Erie Philharmonic, NAMI, St. Martin Center, and Erie Animal Network each received $28,455.40. The program has increased each year.
Country Fair’s leadership selected five non-profit organizations to become CFC partners in 2021. These partners include Erie Humane Society, Autism Society of NWPA, Mental Health Association of NWPA, Presque Isle Partnership, and Asbury Woods. Country Fair is committing a pooled fund with a minimum of $50,000, with each CFC partner receiving a minimum of $10,000. These funds will be tracked through the Country Fair “Charity Pumps.”
All Erie county Country Fair locations will have at least one pump designated as the “CFC Charity Pump.” Customers will recognize these pumps as they will be decorated much differently than the other pumps. From May 1 -October 31, 2021, two cents per gallon from the charity pumps will be allocated to the CFC program. “This is an exciting program that Country Fair has grown over the past two years. The community has been so good to us over the past 56 years that we wanted to give back even more to them,” said Paul Rankin, Vice President of Country Fair.
Non-Profits may submit a CFC application and apply at www.countryfairstores.com/community. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021, for the 2022 campaign. All non-profits will receive written correspondence by January 31, 2022. Successful CFC partners are not eligible to re-apply for three years following their donation; please no phone calls.
About Country Fair
Country Fair, Inc. is a chain of 72 convenience stores that are integral parts of the communities that they service throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania, Western New York and Eastern Ohio. Country Fair employs over 1,300 associates and was ranked 16th largest employer in Erie, PA in 2019. It was named one of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers in 2019 by Forbes.