Salute Our Troops celebrations will be held at Kangaroo Express stores throughout the southeastern United States led by Silver Star recipient SSG Tommy Rieman and retired U.S. Army soldier and drag racer Don O’Neal, with his custom 2009 Mullis Salute Our Troops Dragster. Representing JBM Motorsports based in Evansville, IN, O’Neal and the Salute Our Troops Dragster will also race in National Hot Rod Association and Lucas Oil Racing events this summer.At each celebration, guests are invited to send messages of thanks and appreciation to be shared with troops and their families through military support organizations involved in the campaign. To see where the Salute Our Troops Tour is headed throughout the summer, visit www.KESalute.com. Donations raised during the 2012 Salute Our Troops campaign continue to support our military and their families. The donations are helping to operate 17 USO centers in seven states and drive USO programs that support healing heroes, families of the fallen, America’s troops and military families. Emergency grant programs run by state-based military support organizations have distributed grants for military families that support a wide range of needs including car payments and medical bills. PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies with iconic brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade and Frito-Lay, is the leading corporate contributor to Kangaroo Express’ fundraising goal for the third consecutive year. “We are proud to join Kangaroo Express in showing our support for troops and their families,” said Chris DeLong, vice president of the Dollar, Drug and Convenience Store Channel for PepsiCo North America Beverages. “This annual campaign continues to help Kangaroo Express, its guests and PepsiCo give back to our cherished service men and women.” To view additional Salute Our Troops sponsor partners, including McLane and Rockstar, and for more information about the Salute Our Troops campaign, please visit www.KESalute.com. To find a Kangaroo Express location near you, visit www.kangarooexpress.com or download the free Kangaroo Express mobile app at www.kangarooexpress.com/mobileapps. About The Pantry and Kangaroo Express The Pantry’s Kangaroo Express ® convenience stores meet the daily food and fuel shopping needs of guests. As of May 7, 2013, the Company operated 1,567 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including its primary operating banner Kangaroo Express. The Pantry is one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains and the leading independently operated chain in the southeastern United States. The Pantry is headquartered in Cary, N.C. For more information, visit www.thepantry.com. Kangaroo Express offers hot and cold beverages, snacks, fresh foods, gasoline and a wide assortment of merchandise and services for guests’ on-the-go lifestyles. It is home to more than 220 foodservice restaurants, including Subway and Dairy Queen. Kangaroo Express associates are committed to providing store guests with the fastest, friendliest and cleanest shopping experience.
With more than half of its stores located within 25 miles of a military installation, Kangaroo Express has supported the military and their families for many years, most recently raising $3.17 million for the USO and other military support organizations as part of its summer-long Salute Our Troops® fundraising campaign. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com or visit us on Twitter and Facebook.