Wegmans Celebrates 25 Years of Working Together for Hunger Relief

Rochester, N.Y., February 05, 2019 -

Since 1993, Wegmans Food Markets has partnered with local food banks for its annual Check Out Hunger campaign that, with the support and generosity of customers and employees, has raised more than $38.8 million for hunger relief. In 2018, the 25th year of the campaign, Wegmans customers raised $3,295,214. During the campaign, customers have the option of donating $1, $2, $3, $5, or any other amount at checkout with 100 percent of the proceeds going to each store's local food bank.

“Each year, the money so generously donated by our customers goes a long way in the fight against hunger,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “This year, the funds raised during our fall campaign were distributed to our partner food banks at a time when so many more of our neighbors found themselves in need, and our entire network of food banks was seeing an increase in demand.”

To help address the increased need, in mid-January, Wegmans donated a truckload of 17,300 pounds of non-perishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank. A team of Wegmans employees from the Woodmore, Maryland store were on hand at the food bank to help unload the truck.  

“Every dollar counts in the fight against hunger, and we can’t thank our customers and employees enough for helping us reduce the hunger that exists right in our own communities,” added Lovejoy. “The impact we’ve made over the last 25 years is a great example of how our communities thrive when we all work together.”

Wegmans 2018 Check Out Hunger Results

New York - $1,573,370
Foodlink, Food Bank of Central New York, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Food Bank of WNY

Pennsylvania - $656,291
Bucks County Opportunity Council, Chester County Food Bank, Cluster Outreach Center, Manna on Main Street, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & SE PA, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, Food Bank of the State College Area, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

New Jersey - $485,717
Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Fulfill, Food Bank of South Jersey, Mercer Street Friends, Interfaith Food Relief

Virginia - $335,157
ACTS, Capital Area Food Bank, Food for Others, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Loudoun Hunger Relief, SERVE, Feedmore, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Western Christian Fairfax Ministries

Maryland - $137,028
Anne Arundel County Food Bank, Frederick Community Action Agency, Harford Community Action Agency, Howard County Community Action Council, Manna Food Center, Maryland Food Bank, Shabach Ministries and Capital Area Food Bank

Massachusetts - $107,651
Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank 

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2018, Wegmans donated 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all its market areas. 

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 98-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family 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.

Press Contact:
Tracy Van Auker
Media Relations Coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com
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