ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers of Wegmans Food Market stores raised $1.74 million during the company’s fall 2016 hunger relief checkout scanning campaign, known regionally as Check Out Hunger, Care About Hunger, or Food 2 Feed.
“We’re grateful for our customers and employees who demonstrate a shared commitment to making a difference in our communities by giving so generously during this campaign each year,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “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 neighborhoods and communities.”
Check Out Hunger, Care About Hunger, and Food 2 Feed programs allow customers to donate $1, $2, $3, $5, or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank. The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:
- Anne Arundel County Food Bank – $12,917 (Crofton)
- Frederick Community Action Agency – $9,471 (Frederick)
- Harford Community Action Agency – $8,787 (Bel Air)
- Howard County Community Action Council – $20,091 (Columbia)
- Manna Food Center – $7,941 (Germantown)
- Maryland Food Bank – $50,982(Hunt Valley and Owings Mills)
- Shabach Ministries and Capital Area Food Bank – $6,644 (Woodmore)
- Community Food Bank of New Jersey – $82,794 (Bridgewater and Woodbridge)
- Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties – $98,463 (Ocean and Manalapan)
- Food Bank of South Jersey – $68,049 (Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel)
- Mercer Street Friends – $46,587 (Princeton)
- Foodlink – $680,817 (21 stores in the Greater Rochester area)
- Bucks County Opportunity Council – $21,765 (Warrington)
- Chester County Food Bank – $146,262 (Downingtown and Malvern)
- Cluster Outreach Center – $62,270 (Collegeville)
- Manna on Main Street – $28,976 (Montgomeryville)
- Philabundance – $50,462 (King of Prussia and Concordville)
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & SE PA – $85,189 (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Nazareth)
- ACTS – $34,572 (Potomac Mills)
- Capital Area Food Bank – $45,206 (Alexandria)
- Food for Others – $65,363 (Fairfax)
- Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – $17,026 (Fredericksburg)
- Loudoun Interfaith Relief – $56,511 (Sterling and Leesburg)
- SERVE – $32,873 (Lake Manassas)
The fall campaign ran from September through December 2016. The timing of annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. In 2016, all Wegmans stores raised a total of $2.88 million for hunger relief through scanning campaigns, and since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $32.5 million.
In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2016, Wegmans also donated approximately 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-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 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans Media Relations Coordinator
Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.