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On Thursday, February 25, 2016, a group of employees from Wegmans Food Markets’ Downingtown and Malvern stores will visit Chester County Food Bank to present a check for $120,367 and deliver a truckload of approximately nine tons of non-perishable food.
When the truck arrives at the food bank, Wegmans employees will help unload, sort, and organize 20 pallets of food, including canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice. Chester County Food Bank board members, leadership, and staff will also be on hand for the check presentation and truck delivery. Media is welcome and encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. check presentation and food donation to be held on February 25 at the Chester County Food Bank, located at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton.
“We are ever so grateful for the partnership that we have with Wegmans,” says Larry Welsch, executive director of the Chester County Food Bank. “I am truly amazed at the collaboration between Wegmans and their customers. The success of Check Out Hunger and donation of food strengthens each year, thereby allowing the Food Bank to serve more of our neighbors in need.”
The funds were raised during Wegmans’ Check Out Hunger campaign, which ran October 19 through December 20, 2015. During the campaign, customers and employees could contribute $1 to $5 or any other amount at checkout, with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank. Regionally, the campaign raised $41,730 more than the previous year and the Downingtown and Malvern stores raised $28,327 more than the fall 2014 campaign.
“One of our values is making a difference in every community we serve, and we’re thankful for our customers and employees who so generously share that commitment,” said Wegmans Pennsylvania Division Manager Blaine Forkell. “As we celebrate the milestone of 100 years as a family-owned company, we’re especially proud of the partnerships we build to support local food banks in feeding the hungry.”
About the Chester County Food Bank: The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 partner agencies in Chester County, PA. The Food Bank distributes over 2.65 million pounds, with over 33% being fresh produce, through its network of food cupboards, hot meal sites, shelters and other social service organizations. Since its inception in 2009, the Food Bank takes a steadfast approach to provide food and build support in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among our community. For more information visit www.chestercountyfoodbank.org, call 610-873-6000 or visit the Food Bank’s sole location at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton, PA. About Wegmans Food Markets: 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 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2015 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.
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