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Giving Back
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Pilot Flying J Executives

Our Story

At Pilot Flying J, giving back is part of who we are. We have a long history of lending a helping hand, a philosophy established by our founder, Mr. James A. Haslam II, when the company first began in 1958. This same spirit of community and philanthropy is continued today by Mr. Haslam and his son, Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam, and the entire Haslam family. Mr. Haslam always says, "To whom much is given, much is required." We believe that Pilot Flying J has a responsibility to give back to our communities.

"One day, I was walking into a grocery store and there was a lady standing outside selling Girl Scout cookies with her daughter," Mr. Haslam said. "After I bought the cookies, the woman recognized me and said she appreciated all I do for the community. She told me she was a single mother of two children. She was spending the morning with her daughter selling Girl Scout cookies and the afternoon working the concession stand at a Little League game for her son. And there she was patting me on the back, and all I could think of was, 'She was the one that deserved a pat on the back!' We want to be able to give people the opportunity to help other people out. That's why we partner with such fantastic organizations – to help them do what they're already doing, hopefully on a larger scale with a further reach."

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"We want to serve the communities where our guests and team members live and work. We support programs that represent the values upon which this company was built, and we're honored to be able to sponsor and support causes that help communities thrive."

- Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam

Where do we give back?

At Pilot Flying J, our philanthropic reach starts right here in our backyard
and extends across North America. We focus our giving in three main areas.

Knoxville

We are proud to be headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, since 1958. Knoxville is an outstanding and supportive community, and we take seriously our corporate responsibility to serve as a positive influence in our own backyard. Each year, Pilot Flying J sponsors and donates to a wide variety of local nonprofits and community events. In 2016, Pilot Flying J contributed to more than 225 diverse organizations across the Greater Knoxville area.

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Pilot Flying J Hometowns

Because we have travel centers across the United States and Canada, we are privileged to serve well over 500 hometowns across our footprint. The Pilot Flying J team cares about each city and town where our guests and team members live and work. We give back to these hometowns by supporting nonprofits that serve K-12 education, youth team sports, community-wide events, veteran-serving organizations and local safety organizations.

K-12
Education

Youth
Team Sports

Community
Events

Veterans

Safety

In addition, we are proud to serve our hometowns through a new partnership with Food Donation Connection (FDC) whose mission is to "let nothing be wasted." FDC collects surplus food from our stores and donates it to local hunger relief agencies. Food donations from each travel center serve people in that store's community. Since launching the program in February 2017, 61 participating Pilot Flying J stores have provided more than 72,000 meals thus far to the hungry. Our goal is to extend this program to as many stores as possible.


Coast to Coast

We also aim to make a large-scale impact in key areas of support on the national and industry levels. Currently, we concentrate our giving to benefit veterans and professional driver and trucking industry organizations.

Our country would not be what it is today without the sacrifice and service of our veterans. We are proud to support organizations and programs that create opportunities for these heroes and recognize their selfless patriotism and sacrifice.

Professional drivers are responsible for delivering more than 65 percent of all the goods transported in North America. Without them, our economy would not move. By partnering with organizations and initiatives that support these drivers, we are able to show our deep appreciation and help make a difference in our industry.

Click the logos below to learn more about some of the organizations we are proud to support:

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