LEMONT, Ill.—January 5, 2022--Employees at the CITGO Lemont Refinery recently held their annual food drive benefiting five local pantries: Bethany Food Pantry, Day Break Shelter, Fairmont Food Pantry, Lockport FISH Pantry and Romeoville Community Pantry. Both CITGO employees and contractors working at the refinery participated in the drive, collecting over $5,000 worth of non-perishable food items to be donated.

For over 30 years, it has been a fall tradition for CITGO employees to come together to replenish local food pantries prior to the start of the holiday season. According to Dennis Willig, CITGO Lemont Vice President and General Manager, “2021 has been another difficult year for many in our community and this was an opportunity for our employees to help their fellow neighbors in need.” 

In addition to hosting the food drive, CITGO employees also recently volunteered at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Pop-Up Market held at Joliet Junior College. Employees and their families helped give out food to over 500 families at the drive thru market. “It is evident that there are many people in need when we see the tremendous turnout at events such as this. I am proud of the long history our employees have supporting our local food pantries and great organizations like Northern Illinois Food Bank,” Willig added.


Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,400 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.