Wake County Public School System Receives $10,000 Donation from Kangaroo Express and BP

Ten schools in Wake County will benefit from donations

Online PR News – 05-February-2012 – – The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTRY), the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, today announced it has teamed up with BP's Fueling Communities program to donate a total of $10,000 to the Wake County Public School System. The donation will provide $1,000 to ten schools in the district.

"This $10,000 donation will go a long way for schools in Wake County," said Anthony J. Tata, superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. "We are grateful to Kangaroo Express and BP for their donation to our great school system. I am personally eager to watch as this donation helps our schools fund projects that will better the educational environment for our students."

The schools receiving a donation in the Wake County Public School System are Apex High School, Green Hope High School, Jeffreys Grove Elementary School, Leesville High School, Millbrook Elementary School, Millbrook High School, Morrisville Elementary School, Panther Creek High School, and Swift Creek Elementary School.

Check presentations for these schools will take place during school events throughout February and March. The first presentation will occur on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Business Alliance Meeting at Millbrook High School.

"Kangaroo Express doesn’t just do business here in Wake County. Our headquarters is located here. Our employees live, work, and have kids that go to school here," said Scott Smith, region sales director at Kangaroo Express. "We are more than proud to have this chance to support so many local schools and to give back to our local community."

As part of the Fueling Communities program, Kangaroo Express and BP have allocated $30,000 to be distributed among three school districts in communities in which they operate. Charleston County School District, Hamilton County Department of Education and Wake County Public School System will each receive $10,000, to be split between 10 schools, each receiving a $1,000 donation.

About The Pantry and Kangaroo Express

Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. As of January 27, 2012, the Company operated 1,620 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express(R), its primary operating banner. The Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as gasoline and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers.