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.