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Marathon Petroleum Grant Makes Dental Care Accessible To Underserved Youth in Salt Lake City

Published 03-08-22

Submitted by Marathon Petroleum Corp.

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is connecting underserved youth who live near its Salt Lake City refinery with dental care they may not be likely to receive otherwise. MPC recently gave a $50,000 grant to the Roseman University College of Dental Medicine to fund two events this year where children and teens 18 and younger from qualifying low-income households will receive free dental screenings and cleanings.

“This investment reflects our company’s priority of helping the communities where we operate to thrive by making measurable impacts in the lives of residents,” Salt Lake City Refinery General Manager Eric Sjunnesen said. “We believe partnering with the Roseman College of Dental Medicine will generate lasting benefits because this effort addresses some of the most basic health and wellness needs.”

The first event will take place this spring when Roseman Dental, the clinical practice of the Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine , partners with the American Dental Association to provide screenings and cleanings as part of the national Give Kids a Smile® program. The second opportunity for screenings and cleanings will occur in the fall during the College of Dental Medicine’s Back-to-School Brush Up™. All children and teenagers who attend either event will also receive a voucher that allows them to return to Roseman Dental for a free comprehensive exam, x-rays, sealants and as much as $50 in additional care and services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 20% of children between five and 11 years of age have at least one untreated, decayed tooth, and children from low-income families are twice as likely to have cavities as children from higher-income households.

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MPC is the nation's second-largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 1.9 million barrels per calendar day in its six-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through approximately 5,600 independently owned retail outlets across 20 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's second-largest convenience store chain, with approximately 2,730 convenience stores in 21 states. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership. Primarily through MPLX, MPC owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 10,800 miles of crude oil and light product pipelines. Also through MPLX, MPC has ownership interests in gathering and processing facilities with approximately 5.9 billion cubic feet per day of gathering capacity, 8 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas processing capacity and 610,000 barrels per day of fractionation capacity. MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, NGLs, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network and midstream service businesses in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions.

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