ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — At 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, two tractor trailers from Wegmans Food Markets will deliver 40 pallets of food to FeedMore. The donation of 35,498 pounds of nonperishable food will include pantry staples like cereal, soup, peanut butter, pasta, canned tuna, canned vegetables, baking ingredients, and meal starters and side dishes.
“While donations during the summer months are typically lower, for the food-insecure folks we help, hunger is a year-round issue,” said Doug Pick, FeedMore chief executive officer. “We are thankful for our growing partnership with Wegmans and grateful for their dedication to our mission of providing our region’s vulnerable populations with one of the most basic necessities. We believe that Wegmans will be a tremendous asset to our community for years to come.”
When the Wegmans tractor trailers arrive at FeedMore, Short Pump Store Manager Todd Strassner will be on hand along with a team of employees from both the Midlothian and Short Pump locations to help unload the trucks and stock the shelves.
“We’re proud to partner with FeedMore in serving the needs of our new neighbors in Greater Richmond because food banks build healthier communities,” said Strassner. “We recognize that food banks see increased need during the summer months when many children who have access to free or reduced-cost meals at school are home.”
Helping feed the hungry is a community giving priority for the Rochester, N.Y. based supermarket chain. When Wegmans Midlothian opened in May, the store began daily donations of perishable food to FeedMore, including produce, bread and dairy items. Wegmans Short Pump will also begin perishable food donations when it opens on Aug. 7.
“One of our values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and it’s a privilege to begin contributing even before the new store opens,” said Strassner.
Where: 1415 Rhoadmiller Street in Richmond. Media is welcome to attend.
Last year, Wegmans donated 14.5 million pounds of food to area food banks across all of its market areas.
FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization comprised of programs like the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe. Spanning nearly one-third of the state, across 34 counties and cities, FeedMore serves nearly 200,000 individuals in the region’s most vulnerable populations –children, families and seniors. Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach and comprehensive programs are dedicated to nourishing the community while empowering lives. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-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, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.
FeedMore Public Relations Manager
Wegmans Vice President of Media Relations