From Sunday, June 21 through Saturday, July 4, Wegmans Food Market stores in Maryland and Virginia will hold a two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive to support local food banks’ increased summer needs. Customers are invited to help “Fill the Bus” by donating items that provide healthy meals for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.
Customer service desks at the 14 participating stores will post wish lists of non-perishable items that are intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Products to donate will also be displayed by the registers and can be purchased at checkout and then placed in the “Fill the Bus” collection bin located by the front of the store.
“The summer months are an especially challenging time for food banks because there’s an increased need for meals when children are home from school. These donations will help meet that critical need and reduce hunger in local neighborhoods,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy.
Donations will be collected and transported to the food banks that partner with each store, remaining in the immediate community. The food banks that will receive donations are listed below, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that partner with them:
· Harford Community Action Agency (Bel Air)
· Howard County Community Action Council (Columbia)
· Anne Arundel County Food Bank (Crofton)
· Frederick Community Action Agency (Frederick)
· Manna Food Center (Germantown)
· Maryland Food Bank (Hunt Valley)
· Shabach Ministries (Woodmore)
· Capital Area Food Bank (Alexandria)
· Loudoun Interfaith Relief (Dulles and Leesburg)
· Food for Others (Fairfax)
· Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (Fredericksburg)
· SERVE Inc. (Lake Manassas)
· ACTS (Potomac Mills)
In 2014, Wegmans donated 13.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.