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On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m., Wegmans Food Markets will donate a truckload of 17,674 pounds of non-perishable food to Water Street Mission and Lancaster County Council of Churches Food Hub. The donation takes place during Hunger Action Month and just weeks before Wegmans’ 120,000 square-foot store opens on Sunday, Sept. 23.
“We’re committed to reducing hunger and giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Wegmans Store Manager Jimmy Bellis. “Food pantries have increased needs during the summer when children aren’t in school, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to begin replenishing their shelves before our store opens.”
A group of Wegmans employees will join representatives from Water Street Mission and Council of Churches to unload a Wegmans tractor trailer filled with 20 pallets of items such as canned soup, canned vegetables and fruit, cereal, juice, and other products. The food will then be loaded onto separate vehicles for distribution to each organization.
“As a privately funded ministry, Water Street Mission relies on the support of individuals, churches, and businesses,” said Water Street Mission President Jack Crowley. “We’re very grateful that Wegmans chose to help the Council of Churches and Water Street with this very generous gift. It says a lot about the Wegmans organization and their desire to make a positive impact as part of our Lancaster County community. We pray for their success and look forward to a close ongoing relationship.”
“The Food Hub at the Council continues to see significant demand for service from our neighbors in need,” said Lancaster County Council of Churches Executive Director Gail Rittenhouse. “It is through the generous donations from businesses like Wegmans that we are able to help ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.”
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. For more information on Wegmans in Lancaster, please visit wegmans.com/lancaster.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 97-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.
About Water Street Mission
Since 1905, Water Street Mission has provided an environment of hope and healing where Lancaster County’s at-risk men, women and children can find a hand up and restoration with God. For more information or to donate to Water Street Mission, please visit www.wsm.org.
About Lancaster County Council of Churches
Since 1947, the Lancaster County Council of Churches (LCCC) has served the most needy and marginalized members of our society as well as the working poor struggling to make ends meet. Rooted in compassion and faith, we provide services to meet the basic human needs of Food, Clothing, Shelter and Transportation that honor the dignity of all and help uplift our community.
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