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WHO: Wegmans Montvale employees and representatives from the Tri-Boro Food Pantry, Helping Hand Food Pantry, Buddies of NJ, Inc., Center for Food Action, and Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
WHEN: Thursday, August 24 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Wegmans Montvale at 100 Farm View. The Wegmans truck will be parked in front of the store. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.
WHAT: Wegmans Food Markets will donate a truckload of 17,445 pounds of non-perishable food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and four local food pantries in front of its new location in Montvale. This donation takes place a month before the 108,000 square-foot store opens on Sunday, Sept. 24.
A team of Wegmans employees will join representatives from the Tri-Boro Food Pantry, Helping Hand Food Pantry, Buddies of NJ Inc., Center for Food Action, and Community FoodBank of New Jersey to unload a Wegmans tractor-trailer filled with 21 pallets of canned soups, canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, juice, and other products. The food will then be sorted and loaded onto five separate vehicles for distribution to each organization.
“We know food banks and pantries help build healthier communities. It’s a privilege to partner with these wonderful organizations and provide food that will serve the needs of our neighbors,” said Wegmans Montvale Store Manager Paul Jordan. “One of our company values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and partnering with local food agencies is just one way we deliver on that commitment.”
For more information on Wegmans in Montvale, please visit wegmans.com/montvale.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 93-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, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.
About Tri-Boro Food Pantry
The Tri-Boro Food Pantry provides food assistance to people in need. In 2016, the Tri-Boro Food Pantry served more than 100 families throughout the Pascack Valley, including more than 345 children.
About Helping Hand Food Pantry
Helping Hand Food Pantry is a non-profit charitable organization entirely staffed by dedicated volunteers. It serves approximately 400 neighbors each month in Hillsdale, Westwood, Emerson, Oradell, Woodcliff Lake, and Montvale.
About Buddies of NJ, Inc.
Buddies of NJ, Inc. is Bergen and Passaic County's premier AIDS service organization, providing service, education, resources, and care to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Buddies provides NJHS licensed substance abuse counseling & treatment services; free rapid HIV testing & counseling; PrEP counseling; case management; medical case management; housing & housing assistance; dental services; counseling services; young men's support spot; peer support groups; medical transportation; and a food bank.
About Center for Food Action (CFA)
CFA provides emergency food, homelessness prevention assistance, counseling and advocacy to thousands on low-income residents in northern New Jersey every year. CFA also operates a Weekend Snack Pack Program, a Community Garden Program, and a Smile Pack Program as part of its expanded effort to help low-income residents.
About Community FoodBank of New Jersey
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of Feeding America®, provides people across the state with food, help and hope. The FoodBank distributed over 50 million pounds of food last year to its more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by the FoodBank’s network of partners. For our neighbors, especially families, and for the volunteers and donors who support them, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful change agent that fills the emptiness caused by hunger with the basic human essentials that people need to survive.
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