Friday, July 27, 2012

'Salute Our Troops' Campaign Raises $1 Million, Stops in Charlotte August 26-29

The Kangaroo Express "Salute Our Troops" caravan will be stopping in
Charlotte from Sunday, August 26 through Wednesday, August 29. In just
the first three weeks of its "Salute Our Troops®" campaign, Kangaroo
Express has already raised $1 million for the USO, Wounded Warrior
Project and six state-based military support organizations.

The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTRY), the leading independently operated
convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, today
announced that it raised $1 million in just the first three weeks of
its "Salute Our Troops®" campaign. Through The Pantry's more than
1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states, store guests and
communities have enthusiastically demonstrated united support for
military personnel and their families.

Every penny of the $1 million raised can be attributed to incremental
dollar donations made at Kangaroo Express checkout counters. The
overwhelming response so early in the campaign will inspire more
donations throughout the summer. Donations from the campaign will
support the USO, lifting the spirits of America's troops and their
families; Wounded Warrior Project, honoring and empowering injured
servicemen and women; and six state-based military support

In its inaugural year, the 2011 Salute Our Troops campaign raised $2.5
million dollars, breaking fundraising records for many beneficiary
organizations, including the largest grassroots fundraising initiative
in the USO's 70-year history. In that year, the $1 million milestone
was reached after five weeks of fundraising.

"As soon as it seems that the generosity and enthusiasm from our
guests and employees to the Salute Our Troops campaign is at its peak,
we are in awe as they reach one step higher. Reaching our goal so
early truly could not have been possible without these individuals,
especially our valued employees, who are devoted to sharing the Salute
Our Troops mission to customers every day," said John Fisher, senior
vice president of marketing, merchandising and restaurant operations,
Kangaroo Express. "We are thrilled that our employees and customers
share our constant appreciation for these great military cause

The six state-based organizations benefiting cover five states
throughout the Southeast and include the Enlisted Association of
National Guard of Tennessee Auxiliary Soldier Airman Relief Fund Inc.,
Florida National Guard Foundation, Georgia National Guard Family
Support Foundation, North Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen
Assistance Fund, South Carolina Military Family Care Association, and
the United States Veterans Corps based in North Carolina.

Salute Our Troops celebrations started in Jacksonville, Fla., and will
continue to be held at Kangaroo Express stores throughout the
southeastern United States led by the Salute Our Troops Caravan.

Celebrations include custom patriotic vehicles and the Salute Our
Troops Command Center, where store guests will add their own voice of
gratitude with "shout outs" of pride and appreciation. Many will be
showcased on the Salute Our Troops website at to
share with troops and families around the world.

For more information, and to find a celebration near you, visit the
Salute Our Troops website at

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 May 7, 2012, the
Company operated 1,607 stores in thirteen states under select banners,
including Kangaroo Express®, its primary operating banner. The
Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as
fuel and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the
convenience needs of its customers.
For more information, visit

With more than half of our stores located within 25 miles of a
military installation, Kangaroo Express has supported the military and
their families for many years, most recently raising $2.5 million for
the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and local military support
organizations as part of its summer-long "Salute Our Troops®"
fundraising campaign.