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On August 22 at 10 a.m., Wegmans Raleigh will make its first delivery to The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s Raleigh Branch with a truckload of 16,733 pounds of non-perishable food. The donation includes 20 pallets of canned goods, cereals, snacks, assorted beverages, condiments, baking mixes and other ingredients.
“We’re so thankful for the dedication of partners like Wegmans,” said Jenna Temple, Manager of Corporate Partnerships for the Food Bank. “This delivery will provide nearly 15,000 meals for people in need in our 34 counties and will go a long way toward ensuring no one goes hungry.”
When the Wegmans tractor-trailer arrives at the food bank, Store Manager Hallie Johnston will be on hand along with a team of employees from the Raleigh store to help unload the truck. In addition to the food donation, the store team will present a $7,500 check to the United Way of the Greater Triangle, representing a corporate gift combined with contributions already raised by Wegmans’ Raleigh employees.
“We know that food banks build healthier communities. It’s a privilege to partner with the food bank and provide this food that will serve the needs of our neighbors,” said Johnston. “We are committed to making a difference in every community we serve, and this partnership is one way we’re putting that value into action.”
Last year, in all its market areas, Wegmans donated more than 14.5 million pounds of fresh and non-perishable food to food banks. Wegmans also makes it easy for shoppers to support local hunger relief efforts through its annual checkout scanning campaign, Check Out Hunger. The initiative allows customers to support local food banks by making a donation at checkout for any amount, with 100 percent of those donations going directly to local agencies that feed the hungry. Since 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $38.8 million for hunger relief through these checkout campaigns.
Wegmans Raleigh opens Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Midtown East Shopping Center, located on Wake Forest Road near Interstate 440. For more information about Wegmans in Raleigh, please visit wegmans.com/raleigh.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina:
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2018-2019, the Food Bank distributed nearly 83 million pounds of food (over half of which was perishable) and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, almost 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life. foodbankcenc.org.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 99-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 22 consecutive years, ranking #3 in 2019.
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