A record $1.84 million was raised by customers at 51 Wegmans Food Market stores during the company’s fall 2015 hunger relief checkout scanning campaign, known regionally as Check Out Hunger, Care About Hunger, or Food 2 Feed. The total raised is an 8% increase over the fall 2014 campaign.
“We’re thankful to our customers and employees who so generously share our commitment to making a difference in every community we serve,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year, a special point of pride is the partnerships we build to support local food banks in feeding the hungry.”
Check Out Hunger, Care About Hunger, and Food 2 Feed programs allow customers to donate $1, $2, $3, $5, or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store's local food bank. The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:
- Anne Arundel County Food Bank - $5,973 (Crofton)
- Frederick Community Action Agency - $11,167 (Frederick)
- Harford Community Action Agency - $10,215 (Bel Air)
- Howard County Community Action Council - $19,138 (Columbia)
- Manna Food Center - $9,833 (Germantown)
- Maryland Food Bank - $41,109 (Hunt Valley)
- Shabach Ministries and Capital Area Food Bank - $9,006 (Woodmore)
- Community Food Bank of New Jersey - $118,535 (Bridgewater and Woodbridge)
- Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties - $128,112 (Ocean and Manalapan)
- Food Bank of South Jersey - $85,574 (Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel)
- Mercer Street Friends - $55,881 (Princeton)
- Foodlink - $681,758 (21 stores in the Greater Rochester area)
- Bucks County Opportunity Council - $25,066 (Warrington)
- Chester County Food Bank - $120,367 (Downingtown and Malvern)
- Cluster Outreach Center - $55,118 (Collegeville)
- Manna on Main Street - $28,186 (Montgomeryville)
- Philabundance - $46,227 (King of Prussia)
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & SE PA - $82,474 (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Nazareth)
- ACTS - $56,028 (Potomac Mills)
- Capital Area Food Bank - $41,724 (Alexandria)
- Food for Others - $80,826 (Fairfax)
- Fredericksburg Area Food Bank - $26,396 (Fredericksburg)
- Loudoun Interfaith Relief - $66,818 (Sterling and Leesburg)
- SERVE - $37,049 (Lake Manassas)
In 2015, all Wegmans stores raised a total of $2.9 million for hunger relief through scanning campaigns, and since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $29 million.
The fall campaign ran from September through December 2015. Timing of annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Buffalo, Syracuse, and the Southern Tier of New York, Massachusetts, and parts of Pennsylvania run annual campaigns during the winter months.
In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2015, Wegmans also donated approximately 13.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.