Kum & Go and Casey’s announce joint partnership with Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT)
Human trafficking happens 365 days a year in every zip code in America and no community is immune. Traffickers exploit people regardless of race, gender, citizenship, age, or socioeconomic status. It is the second largest, and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.
In an effort to combat this crime and embrace a responsibility to support our communities, Kum & Go and Casey’s are proudly coming together to announce a partnership with Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) to raise awareness against trafficking and help victims escape this vicious cycle. CSAT is a program of In Our Backyard, a national nonprofit known for its anti-trafficking work.
Kum & Go has nearly 400 store locations throughout the Midwest. Casey’s has more than 2,100 stores in small and midsize markets in the Midwest and South. Together, their large footprint represents a multi-state effort to protect victims who have been conditioned to accept their circumstances and may not be able to seek out help on their own. By leveraging a network of stores, many that are open 24 hours a day, Kum & Go and Casey’s can provide a collective neighborhood watch and safe haven made up of caring associates and customers. Associates will participate in CSAT training and place stickers in bathroom stalls with numbers for victims to call or text to reach the National Human Trafficking hotline.
According to Kum & Go President, Tanner Krause, “Kum & Go is committed to improving our neighborhoods, and this partnership with CSAT is our most recent effort to make days better. If we can help just one person as a result, everything we do is worth it.”
“Casey’s is always looking for ways to support and improve our communities” said Terry Handley, CEO of Casey’s General Stores. “We recognize that we can play an important role in identifying and deterring human trafficking in our communities.”
The focus of Casey’s and Kum & Go’s partnership with CSAT is aimed at saving lives. CSAT empowers the convenience store industry through training while providing victim outreach and public awareness. “Our hope is that an employee will trust their gut and make a phone call immediately after suspected traffickers and victims have left the store. That call can save a life and stop traffickers from exploiting more victims,” declares CSAT Program Director Juliana Williams.
About Kum & Go, L.C.
For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store retailer has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ 5,000 associates in nearly 400 stores across 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).
About Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
Casey’s General Stores is a Fortune 500 company (NASDAQ CASY) operating 2,100 convenience stores in 16 states throughout the Midwest. Casey’s strives to consistently deliver quality gasoline, freshly-prepared foods, clean environments and friendly service at every retail location. At Casey’s General Stores, customers can enjoy famous, made-from-scratch pizza, donuts, other assorted bakery items and (at select stores) Casey’s made-to-order sub sandwiches. Casey’s is currently the fourth largest convenience store chain, and the fifth largest pizza chain in the United States.
About Convenience Stores Against Trafficking
Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) is a program of In Our Backyard, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit known for its anti-trafficking work surrounding the past eight Super Bowls and for the critically acclaimed book by Founder and Executive Director Nita Belles: In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It. In Our Backyard Freedom Stickers are in all 50 states, providing a pathway to freedom for victims of human trafficking. CSAT equips the convenience store industry to take a stand against the atrocity of human trafficking in America through no-cost training, victim outreach materials and public awareness of human trafficking.