On Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., a Wegmans tractor-trailer will arrive at the Thomas Jefferson Area Branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank carrying 20 pallets of non-perishable food. The donation will take place one month before a new Wegmans store opens in Charlottesville on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Store Manager Chris DePumpo and a team of Wegmans employees will be on hand to unload the truck. The donation includes canned soups, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, juice and other products.
“Food for the hungry is one of our most important giving priorities and it’s a privilege for us to make our first delivery to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank,” said DePumpo. “We’re proud to help make a difference in the community as a new neighbor in Charlottesville.”
The Food Bank distributes 3.8 million pounds of food through 60 partner agencies — pantries, soup kitchens shelters and other nonprofits in the Thomas Jefferson region. More than 25,600 people in the area are served each month.
“We welcome the addition of Wegmans in our community,” said Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “Through this donation and more to follow in the months ahead, Wegmans in Charlottesville will help thousands of families and individuals put food on their tables.”
In 2015, the Food Bank and its partner agencies received a total of 8.6 million pounds of food from grocery stores that might have gone to waste.
Last year, Wegmans donated 14.5 million pounds of food to area food banks across all of its market areas. For more information on Wegmans in Charlottesville, please visit wegmans.com/charlottesville.
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