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. In three campaigns, CFC has raised $423,857. Last year CFC raised $147,377 on behalf of five local non-profits. The Mental Health Association of NWPA, Erie Humane Society, Autism Society of NWPA, Presque Isle Partnership, and Asbury Woods each received $29,475. The program has increased each year.
Country Fair’s leadership selected five non-profit organizations to become CFC partners in 2022. These partners include The Erie City Mission, ANNA Shelter, Grady’s Decision, Women’s Care Center of Erie, and Multicultural Community Resource Center. 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 to October 31, 2022, 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 three years to give back to our community partners. Our community and customers have been so good to us over the past 57 years that we wanted to give back even more to them,” said Paul Rankin, Vice President of Country Fair.
“There are so many deserving local non-profits in Erie County that the ANNA Shelter is proud to be a 2022 partner,” said Ruth Thompson, Executive Director.
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 In-State Employers in 2021 by Forbes.