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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. donated $50,000 to the Food Bank of Western New York to help offset the added demand for food created by the recent Buffalo snowstorm. In addition, Wegmans has donated 1,000 turkey dinner meals to the food bank who will distribute them to member agencies before Christmas. The donation was made during a press conference at Operation: Rock Out Hunger at Eastern Hills Mall.
“When there is a major weather event, food banks are often faced with an immediate spike in demand that lingers until things get back to normal,” says Michele Mehaffy, Wegmans Buffalo division consumer affairs manager. “Given the magnitude of this storm and the potential for flooding and property damage, we reached out to the food bank and learned they could use our help.”
Marylou Borowiak, President and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY, accepted the donation and said, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Wegmans family. This donation will be put towards food and supplies for disaster relief efforts and the meals will be delivered to member agencies and families in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Wegmans is truly making a difference in our community.
Wegmans operates ten stores in the Greater Buffalo area, three of which were forced to close for a few days: McKinley Blvd., Losson Rd., and W. Seneca. “All of our stores are now open for business and fully stocked. But, many of our customers and our own employees are still facing challenges from the storm, so we wanted to do something that will help our community to recover more quickly.”
(Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Each year, Wegmans donates over 16 million pounds of food to local food banks and other agencies that feed the hungry.) (The Food Bank of WNY, Inc. is the primary hunger relief organization in WNY, obtaining and distributing food to 330 member agencies such as pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, after school programs and senior citizen centers in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Through those agencies the Food Bank services 106,000 individuals, including 39,000 families, nearly 37,000 children and over 11,000 senior citizens. The Food Bank of WNY, Inc. is one of approximately 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network.)
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