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Pilot Flying J announces $2 million in charitable donations to celebrate 60 years of fueling life’s journeys

November 1, 2018

Pilot Flying J is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month by announcing donations totaling $2 million in honor of its history of giving back and commitment to fueling life’s journeys into the future. The company’s giving is focused on fueling those who serve by supporting military heroes and their families, and helping communities across the country by investing in programs where its guests and team members live and work.

“We are grateful to the millions of guests and thousands of team members who have fueled our business for 60 years,” said James A. Haslam II, founder of Pilot Flying J. “To celebrate this great achievement, we wanted to say thank you in a meaningful way that honors our history and will make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”

More than 20 nonprofit organizations will receive contributions, each reflective of the causes that are important to Pilot Flying J’s guests and team members and the values upon which the company was built.

In celebration of its 60th anniversary this month, Pilot Flying J announced donations totaling $2 million at a Nov. 1 presentation at the company’s headquarters in Knoxville. More than 20 nonprofit organizations, several of which attended the donation announcement, will receive contributions. Pictured from left: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley President and CEO Bart McFadden; Pilot Flying J Founder James A. Haslam II; Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Executive Director Elaine Streno; Hire Heroes USA Chief Financial Officer Nathan Smith; Feeding America Chief Development Officer Andy Wilson; and Pilot Flying J Community Relations and Events Manager Meg Counts.

As a veteran-founded company, Pilot Flying J is honored to partner with organizations such as Hire Heroes USA, Bunker Labs, Fisher House and Folds of Honor. Funds will support veterans and their families by providing cost-free housing to those caring for injured loved ones and by connecting them with opportunities to drive their future success. Pilot Flying J also is working with organizations like Boys and Girls Club of America, Feeding America, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Trucker Buddy International to fund programs that focus on health and wellness, access to food and academic success in communities across the country.

“A spirit of community and philanthropy was instilled in our company’s culture from the beginning,” said Meg Counts, community relations and events manager of Pilot Flying J. “We are proud to partner with these important organizations, supporting their missions and programs to help our communities and veterans thrive. Together, we are truly able to fuel life’s journeys.”

Pilot Flying J is also thanking those who serve this Veterans Day with a free breakfast. From Nov. 10-12, active-duty and retired military veterans can redeem an offer in the Pilot Flying J app to enjoy a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll.

To learn more about Pilot Flying J’s 60th anniversary giving, including a full list of recipient organizations, visit 

About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 135 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 15 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit for more information.