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On Monday, May 9, Wegmans stores in Ocean and Manalapan delivered 17,876 pounds of non-perishable food to The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to stock the shelves of The B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together), a new community hub where families and individuals in need can access food, job training and other resources that aim to end the cyclical causes of hunger in Ocean County, N.J. The donation included 20 pallets of canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, and juice, among other items.
“As we begin to fill the shelves of our satellite facility at The B.E.A.T. Center, we are grateful to Wegmans, a longstanding retail community partner, for this generous food donation in Ocean County,” said FoodBank Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez. “Wegmans contributes regularly to the FoodBank and is dedicated to joining us in our mission to ensure that all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.”
When the Wegmans tractor-trailer arrived at The B.E.A.T. Center, a team of employees from the Ocean and Manalapan stores helped unload the truck, sort the food, and stock the shelves of the new facility.
“We know that as we head into the summer months, it’s an especially critical time of the year for food banks, and it’s our privilege to stock the shelves at The B.E.A.T. Center for the very first time,” said Wegmans Ocean Store Manager John Zammetti. “As Wegmans celebrates 100 years in business, our longstanding partnership with the FoodBank is an important point of local pride.”
Last year Wegmans donated approximately 13.5 million pounds of food to area food banks in all of its market areas. In addition to food bank donations, all Wegmans stores raised a total of $2.9 million for hunger relief through scanning campaigns in 2015, and since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $29 million.
About The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties: The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties distributes more than 11 million meals annually through a network of over 300 feeding programs. Hunger in Monmouth and Ocean Counties is no longer a crisis that can be remedied with emergency food alone. The FoodBank works toward long-term solutions to the chronic problem of food insecurity, with initiatives to support a community where all people at all times have access to enough food to maintain an active and healthy life. Through programs and services like the Culinary Training Program, Nutrition Education, and outreach assistance for SNAP (food stamps), VITA free tax assistance, and affordable healthcare, the FoodBank is working to build food-secure communities. We feed the lines and work toward shortening them at the same time. The FoodBank has received the highest rating of 4 Stars from Charity Navigator for six consecutive years. A total of 96 cents out of every dollar raised supports food and programs. Visit us at www.foodbankmoc.org. About Wegmans: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.
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