Making a difference in every community we serve

It has been our mission for over 100 years!

Community Giving

As a family-owned company, we're committed to helping our customers and employees live healthier, better lives through food. Being part of community life and setting an example of leadership giving is central to our heritage and operating philosophy. 

We help make a difference through our five key giving priorities:

  1. Feeding the hungry
  2. Helping young people succeed
  3. Encouraging healthy eating & activity
  4. Enriching store neighborhoods
  5. Supporting United Way initiatives

Donation & Community Sponsorship Requests

Consider our five giving priorities and submit your donation or community sponsorship request online. All donation & community sponsorship requests must be submitted through our online donation request form. Wegmans does not accept written, faxed or emailed requests.

Area Food Banks Wegmans Supports

What happens to day-old bread, not-quite-perfect produce or yogurt that is close to date? Wegmans donates these items daily to over 300 local food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens near our stores.

At Wegmans, we are aware that environmental concerns will have profound effects on the lives of our children and grandchildren.

There are no simple solutions to these challenges. Still, we all have a responsibility to be aware and be accountable. We promise to take steps to protect our world for future generations—it's part of our commitment to make a difference in every community we serve.

Join us on this journey. As our company learns new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle our resources, we’ll share our discoveries with you. Taking steps—even little steps—together can make a difference. 

Here are just some of the ways that Wegmans is helping to make a difference:

Because there are so many different aspects of sustainability, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It’s also easy to try to spread your efforts into too many areas, thereby diluting the results. That doesn’t mean we are ignoring the other areas; it simply means we are placing our priorities on the areas where we feel we can make the most significant change right now. As time goes on, we will evaluate and make priority changes as necessary.

Reducing emissions

We are committed to reducing emissions from non-renewable energy sources and refrigeration systems.  We are constantly looking for ways to improve our impact on the environment; here are a few key initiatives:

  • We are on our second round of lighting changes, now utilizing highly efficient LED technology.
  • Natural refrigerant technology allows us to reduce the amount of traditional refrigerant used in our stores and facilities.
  • The use of compressed natural gas fuel in trucks at our Pennsylvania distribution center, helps to reduce consumption of diesel fuel.
  • Solar panels installed at several of our corporate office buildings, a distribution center, and various store locations and at our Organic Farm in Canandaigua, NY. 

Reducing waste in landfills

We pledge to continually improve our packaging, with a focus on reducing food waste, increasing renewable/recycled content, and recyclability. Wegmans currently diverts more than half of the waste generated by our stores and facilities from local landfills and we are committed to strategies that get us closer to zero waste.  We do this through innovative partnerships in our communities with farmers, composters, haulers and recyclers.

145 Million pounds of food donated to food banks = 362 tractor trailer loads of food to people in need and kept out of landfills.

29 million pounds of food waste composted by stores = 725 tractor trailer loads of food kept out of landfills

110 million pounds of cardboard and office paper recycled equals a savings of 573,500 trees.

If each customer used just 1 reusable bag on each shopping trip, Wegmans would use 330 million fewer plastic bags each year.

4.1 million pounds of plastic bags recycles = 185 million new Wegmans plastic bags

based on 2015 results

Sustainable Seafood

When we opened our first seafood department in 1974, few ever dreamed that the supply of fish would diminish. But demand from the growing human population coupled with the effects of over-fishing and unregulated fishing, have led us to focus our efforts on a sustainably-sourced seafood supply. We recognize there is no quick fix for our oceans and waterways, which makes our commitment to seafood sustainability a never-ending journey: today, tomorrow and beyond.

Our merchants nurture long-term relationships with our partner suppliers who share our goals to protect the environment and the food supply. They visit and audit supplier facilities, and rely on codes of practice and third-party audits to implement and verify our specifications and high standards. All of these steps help us support fishermen, their families, and their communities while continuing to offer the highest quality, freshest, affordable seafood to our customers.

Whether seafood at Wegmans is wild caught or farm raised, our suppliers must meet our standards for responsible sourcing. We require them to adhere to best practices and laws that reduce the negative impact on local wildlife and help prevent depletion and destruction of natural resources.

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