The Arc Baltimore Honors Royal Farms

Renowned Convenience Store Operator Named Employer of the Year 

The Arc Baltimore has named Royal Farms its Employer of the Year for 2024.

Acclaimed as the nation’s #1 gas station for food and renowned for its world-famous chicken, Royal Farms was honored for the pivotal role it has played in fostering inclusive employment opportunities for people supported by The Arc Baltimore.

“Royal Farms’ unwavering commitment to providing support throughout the employment process – from interviews to onboarding to training – has been commendable,“ says Kathleen McNally Durkin, The Arc Baltimore’s Chief Executive Officer. “Royal Farms’ personnel have dedicated countless hours to ensure the success of people with disabilities seeking employment.”

According to Durkin, Royal Farms has opened doors and provided a sense of purpose and belonging to everyone the company has hired. It has also significantly promoted inclusivity within the community by offering competitive job opportunities.

A renowned operator of fast and friendly neighborhood convenience stores with nearly 300 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Royal Farms opened its first store in Baltimore, MD in 1959. Today, Royal Farms continues to satisfy customers’ hunger for Real Fresh food served Real Fast. Individuals supported by The Arc Baltimore currently work at Royal Farms’ locations in Baltimore, Dundalk, Owings Mills, Timonium, and White Marsh.

The Employer of the Year Award was presented to Royal Farms during The Arc Baltimore’s recent Annual Meeting and Awards Reception. That event provides an opportunity for the organization to recognize those who have gone the extra mile in their service to The Arc and those people with developmental disabilities who are recipients of its programs and services. As in past years, the event featured numerous recognitions, as well as the election of The Arc Baltimore’s new board of directors and officers.

The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability) to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships. The Arc provides employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals. For more information, visit, email, or call 410-296-2272.