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On Thursday, May 17 at 9 a.m., Wegmans’ soon-to-open store in Chantilly will deliver 9,001 pounds of non-perishable food to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM). The donation includes 10 pallets of assorted vegetables and fruit, baking needs, snacks, breakfast items and juice that will help stock up the pantry shelves for summer. This is the first of two small truckloads Wegmans is donating. The second delivery, scheduled for October, will bring the total to more than 18,000 pounds of food.
"We are honored to partner with Wegmans in helping feed our neighbors,” said WFCM Executive Director Rebecca Kolowe. “People often forget that hunger still exists, and Wegmans’ support through these deliveries will make a difference for those we serve."
When the truck arrives at the pantry, Wegmans Store Manager Brien MacKendrick will be on hand along with a team of employees from the Chantilly store to help unload the food and stock the shelves.
“We know that food pantries build stronger communities,” said MacKendrick. “As we head into the summer months, it’s an especially critical time for food insecurity, and it’s our privilege to fill the shelves at WFCM for the first time before we open.”
Every year, Wegmans donates more than 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens in all the communities it serves. In addition to food donations, all Wegmans stores raised a total of $2.9 million for hunger relief through scanning campaigns in 2017, and since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $35.5 million.
Wegmans Chantilly opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 3. For more information, please visit http://www.wegmans.com/chantilly.
WFCM's mission is to provide food and financial support to those at risk of hunger and homelessness in western Fairfax County. A multi-faceted, crisis-intervention mainstay serving low-income residents, WFCM has been identified by Fairfax County as the first regional referral for food and financial help. For more information, please visit www.wfcmva.org.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 96-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 21 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2018.
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