Denny’s Restaurants Close in 22 Stops, Love’s Makes $100K Donation to Truckers in Need
Little Rock, AR – In this week’s edition of Truck Stop News: Pilot Companies informs customers almost two dozen Denny’s franchisee locations are closing, Love’s donates $100,000 to a charity benefiting truckers in need, and dozens of drivers are treated to a free meal at a Travel Centers of America (TA) in Pennsylvania.
Love’s Donates $100,000 to Trucker Charity
Starting with some good news, on Thursday, Love’s Travel Stops announced a $100,000 donation to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF).
In a statement, Love’s indicated its desire to help professional drivers who can’t work due to illness or injury.
“This donation reflects our belief that professional truck drivers are the backbone of the U.S., especially during this challenging time,” said Jenny Love Meyer, executive vice president and chief culture officer. “This contribution enables us to help drivers with immediate needs when they are unable to work due to COVID-19 or other medical issues.”
SCF is a nonprofit organization that helps professional drivers and their families when an illness or injury causes them to be out of work. This fund helps with expenses like rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance and vehicle payments.
“We cannot thank Love’s Travel Stops enough for this generous donation,” said Shannon Currier, director of philanthropy and development for SCF. “Professional drivers are vital to our everyday lives, and it is humbling to see their commitment. Even during this national pandemic, they are continuing to deliver the essential supplies we all need.”
Pilot Companies Inform Customers of Denny’s Closures
In an email to trucking customers this week, David Hughes, senior vice president of sales, informed that 22 Denny’s franchisee locations are closing until further notice.
“We understand that drivers having access to food is of the upmost importance, and we are committed to always having at least one food option available for your drivers, no matter the time of day,” Hughes said. “Thank you for all that you and your drivers are doing to keep our country strong during this time.”
Here is a list of the locations where Denny’s restaurants are closed:
Alorton, IL; Austinburg, OH; Beaverdam, OH; Brookville, PA; Cattlesburg, KY; Columbia, SC; Effingham, IL; Graham, NC; Haubstadt, IN; Hubbard, OH; Kenly, NC; Lancaster, Ontario; Midway, FL; Oak Grove, KY; Perrysburg, OH; Rawlins, WY; Smithton, PA; St. Augustine, FL; Waddy, KY; Walton, KY; Whiteland, IN; and Winchester, VA.
Hughes also said that various restaurants inside both Pilot and Flying J locations have reduced over night operating hours.
To view a full list of those locations, click HERE.
Dozens of Drivers Receive Free Meal at TA in PA
On Thursday, 50 truckers were treated to a free meal at the TA located in Harborcreek, PA.
According to TA, Legacy Truck Centers, one of the largest Mack and Volvo dealers in Pennsylvania with 9 locations, provided the free meals.
The major truck stop chain posted pictures to social media of truckers receiving their meals from Country Pride, Subway and Pizza Hut.
— TravelCenters of America (@TATravelCenters) April 10, 2020
Legacy Truck Centers also recently posted a message to truckers during this time of national emergency.
As daily life is altered, the nation’s truck drivers are among those who are risking their health and doing the hard work to keep products moving to stores, hospitals and elsewhere. Thank you, truckers! #ThankATrucker #truckdriver #trucker #keepontrucking pic.twitter.com/w4ZCFN9yGc
— Legacy Truck Centers, Inc (@LegacyTruckCtrs) April 7, 2020
Food Truck Fight
Transportation Nation Network reported this week on the growing tension between the largest association of truck stop operators and the Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association over the issue of food trucks being permitted to serve at state-owned and operated rest areas.
Make sure to check out the full report HERE.