Wegmans raised $1,089,769 during its winter 2017 hunger relief scanning campaigns

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the winter 2017 checkout scanning campaign at 27 Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York, and parts of Pennsylvania, hunger relief donations hit $1,089,769. Check Out Hunger allows customers to donate $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“We’ve been running hunger relief scanning campaigns for 24 years, but we continue to be amazed by, and appreciative of, the selfless giving our customers and employees continue to demonstrate each year,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “Their donations at checkout help reduce hunger that exists right in our own neighborhoods and communities.”

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:

Massachusetts

·         Greater Boston Food Bank – $77,447 (Burlington, Chestnut Hill and Westwood)

·         Worcester County Food Bank – $36,105 (Northborough)

New York

·         Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $243,682 (five stores in the Southern Tier region)

·         Food Bank of Western New York – $579,887 (11 stores in the Buffalo region)

Pennsylvania

·         Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $22,680 (Harrisburg and Williamsport)

·         Food Bank of the State College Area – $13,681 (State College)

·         Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $84,169 (Erie Peach St. and Erie West)

·         The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank – $32,118 (Dickson City and Wilkes Barre)

The winter campaign ran at various dates from January to March. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia run annual checkout campaigns during the fall season. Wegmans stores in Richmond and Charlottesville, Va. are running their first-ever Check Out Hunger campaign now through May 6, and stores in the Greater Syracuse region of New York are also in the middle of their spring campaign.

Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.9 million at Wegmans in 2016. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $33 million for hunger relief.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2016, Wegmans also 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 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 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:

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

Michele Mehaffy
Consumer Affairs Manager (Buffalo Media Only)
716-685-8170
michele.mehaffy@wegmans.com

Wegmans Food Market stores raised $1.74 million during its fall 2016 hunger relief checkout scanning campaign

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:

Maryland

  • 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)

New Jersey

  • 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)

New York

  • Foodlink – $680,817 (21 stores in the Greater Rochester area)

Pennsylvania

  • 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)

Virginia

  • 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.

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

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Wegmans Food Markets customers in Maryland and Virginia donated 109,968 pounds of food during the two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 2016-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets customers in Maryland and Virginia donated 109,968 pounds of food during a two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive to support local food banks’ increased summer needs. From Sunday, June 19 through Saturday, July 3 customers were invited to help “Fill the Bus” by donating non-perishable items that provide healthy meal options for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

“The caring and generosity of our customers continues to amaze me,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “During this campaign, our Virginia and Maryland customers increased their donations by 28,000 pounds over last year, translating to a campaign total of 21,994 backpacks that were sent home with kids to feed them over the course of a weekend. This makes a huge impact on reducing hunger in local neighborhoods, particularly during a time of year when the need is highest.”

Service desks at the 15 participating stores posted wish lists of non-perishable items intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Products to donate were also displayed by the registers and could be purchased at checkout and then placed in a “Fill the Bus” collection bin located by the front of the store.

Donations were collected and transported to the food banks that partner with each store, remaining in the immediate community. The food banks that received donations are listed below with the pounds of food collected, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that partner with them:

Maryland
Harford Community Action Agency – 5,172 pounds (Bel Air)
Howard County Community Action Council – 4,135 pounds (Columbia)
Anne Arundel County Food Bank – 5,512 pounds (Crofton)
Frederick Community Action Agency – 3,800 pounds (Frederick)
Manna Food Center – 2,387 pounds (Germantown)
Maryland Food Bank – 7,858 pounds (Hunt Valley)
Shabach Ministries – 2,268 pounds (Woodmore)

Virginia
Capital Area Food Bank – 8,001 pounds (Alexandria)
Loudoun Interfaith Relief – 26,722 pounds (Dulles/Sterling and      Leesburg)
Food for Others – 24,442 pounds (Fairfax)
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – 3,177 pounds (Fredericksburg)
SERVE Inc. –7,221 pounds (Manassas/Gainesville)
ACTS – 6,699 pounds (Potomac/Woodbridge)
FeedMore – 2,574 (Midlothian)

In 2015, Wegmans 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 90-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.

Contact Information:  
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Wegmans’ winter 2016 hunger relief donations raised $1,095,336; 6% increase over the winter 2015 total

ROCHESTER, NY, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the winter 2016 checkout scanning campaign at 27 Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York, and parts of Pennsylvania, hunger relief donations rose to $1,095,336, a 6% increase over the winter 2015 total. Check Out Hunger allows customers to donate $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“These totals show that our customers and employees give selflessly to support food banks in building healthier neighborhoods,” said Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy. “As we celebrate our hundredth year in business, we’re especially appreciative of the local partnerships that help us make a difference in every community we serve.”
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:
Massachusetts
Greater Boston Food Bank – $89,044 (Burlington, Chestnut Hill and Westwood)
Worcester County Food Bank – $20,515 (Northborough)
New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $243,011 (five stores in the Southern Tier region)
Food Bank of Western New York – $578,864 (11 stores in the Buffalo region)
Pennsylvania
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $38,197 (Harrisburg and Williamsport)
Food Bank of the State College Area – $31,816 (State College)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $81,517 (Erie Peach St. and Erie West)
The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank – $12,372 (Dickson City and Wilkes Barre)
The winter campaign ran at various dates from January to March. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Virginia run annual checkout campaigns during the fall season. Wegmans stores in the Greater Syracuse region of New York begin their spring campaign in April.
Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.9 million at Wegmans in 2015. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $29 million for hunger relief.
In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2015, Wegmans also donated 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.
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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-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.

 

Contact Information:

Valerie Fox, media relations coordinator, 585-720-5713
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

Wegmans hunger relief campaign donations during winter 2015 rose to $1,033,363, a 6% increase over the winter 2014

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the winter 2015 checkout scanning campaign at 26 Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York, and parts of Pennsylvania, hunger relief donations rose to $1,033,363, a 6% increase over the winter 2014 total. Check Out Hunger allows customers to donate $2 $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“Results like these show that our customers and employees recognize how food banks build healthier communities,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “We’re continually grateful for this support and generosity.”

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:

Massachusetts
Greater Boston Food Bank – $39,031 (Burlington and Chestnut Hill)
Worcester County Food Bank – $13,049 (Northborough)

New York
Food Bank of the Southern Tier – $235,310 (five stores in the Southern Tier region)
Food Bank of Western New York – $580,104 (11 stores in the Buffalo region)

Pennsylvania
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $43,079 (Harrisburg and Williamsport)
Food Bank of the State College Area – $29,235 (State College)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $78,467 (Erie Peach St. and Erie West)
The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank – $15,088 (Dickson City and Wilkes Barre)

The winter campaign ran at various dates from February to March. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Virginia run annual checkout campaigns during the fall season. Wegmans stores in the Greater Syracuse region of New York are in the midst of their spring campaign.

Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.7 million at Wegmans in 2014. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $26 million for hunger relief.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2014, Wegmans also donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:

Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

Record $1.69 million raised by 49 Wegmans stores during the fall 2014 Check Out Hunger campaign

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A record $1.69 million was raised by 49 Wegmans stores during the fall 2014 Check Out Hunger campaign, a 7% increase over the fall 2013 campaign.

In 2014 alone, Wegmans stores raised a total of $2.7 million for hunger relief through scanning campaigns. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised nearly $25 million for hunger relief.

“We’re grateful to our customers and employees for their continued generosity and caring spirit,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “As we continue to grow and open new stores, a point of pride is the partnerships we build to support food banks and make a difference in every community we serve.”

Check Out Hunger and Care About Hunger 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:

Maryland
Anne Arundel County Food Bank – $12,946 (Crofton)
Frederick Community Action Agency – $9,774 (Frederick)
Harford Community Action Agency – $16,493 (Bel Air)
Howard County Community Action Council – $30,882 (Columbia)
Manna Food Center – $8,083 (Germantown)
Maryland Food Bank – $14,165 (Hunt Valley)

New Jersey
Community Food Bank of New Jersey – $117,078 (Bridgewater and Woodbridge)
Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties – $113,114 (Ocean and Manalapan)
Food Bank of South Jersey – $78,315 (Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel)
Mercer Street Friends – $66,440 (Princeton)

New York
Food Link – $694,776 (21 stores in the Greater Rochester area)

Pennsylvania
Bucks County Opportunity Council – $22,444 (Warrington)
Chester County Food Bank – $92,040 (Downingtown and Malvern)
Cluster Outreach Center – $49,806 (Collegeville)
Manna on Main Street – $19,303 (Montgomeryville)
Philabundance – $53,902 (King of Prussia)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & SE PA – $78,213 (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Nazareth)

Virginia
ACTS – $50,710 (Potomac Mills)
Food for Others – $60,863 (Fairfax)
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – $26,183 (Fredericksburg)
Loudoun Interfaith Relief – $48,045 (Sterling and Leesburg)
SERVE – $30,938 (Lake Manassas)

The fall campaigns ran at various times from September through December. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. The remaining Wegmans stores in Buffalo, Syracuse, the Southern Tier, Massachusetts, and parts of Pennsylvania run annual checkout campaigns during the winter months.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2014, Wegmans also donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information: Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627