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Wegmans program to benefit food banks raises $1.58M

Rochester Business Journal
January 22, 2014

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. stores generated $1.58 million through its annual checkout scanning campaign, a 14 percent increase over its fall 2012 total.

Stores in greater Rochester, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Virginia participated in the campaign for Check Out Hunger and Care About Hunger, programs that allow customers to donate money at checkout.

All proceeds go to each store’s local food bank. In the Greater Rochester area, Wegmans stores raised $685,015 for FoodLink Inc.

Since 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $23 million for hunger relief, raising $2.7 million in 2013 alone.

Wegmans also donated 16.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, soup kitchens, and food pantries in all of its market areas, along with the money raised for the campaign.

“We’re grateful to our customers and employees for recognizing the vital role that food banks play in communities,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager. “These results are a testament to remarkable generosity.”

The campaign of the stores listed ran throughout the fall. The remaining Wegmans stores in Buffalo, Syracuse the Southern Tier, Massachusetts, and parts of Pennsylvania run annual checkout campaigns throughout the winter.

The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised. The Wegmans stores that raised money for them are listed in parentheses:

Maryland
Anne Arundel County Food Bank - $6,371 (Crofton)
Frederick Community Action Agency - $15,147 (Frederick)
Harford Community Action Agency - $10,612 (Bel Air)
Howard County Community Action Council - $25,624 (Columbia)
Maryland Food Bank - $19,584 (Hunt Valley)

New Jersey
Community Food Bank of New Jersey - $103,597 (Bridgewater and Woodbridge)
Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties - $133,178 (Ocean and Manalapan)
Food Bank of South Jersey - $89,743 (Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel)
Mercer Street Friends - $68,583 (Princeton)

New York

FoodLink - $685,015 (all Rochester-area Wegmans stores)

Pennsylvania

Bucks County Opportunity Council - $19,943 (Warrington)
Chester County Food Bank - $68,007 (Downingtown and Malvern)
Cluster Outreach Center - $43,104 (Collegeville)
Philabundance - $22,043 (King of Prussia)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley & SE PA - $83,600 (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Nazareth)

Virginia
ACTS - $37,539  (Potomac Mills)
Food for Others - $58,272 (Fairfax)
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank - $27,036 (Fredericksburg)
Loudoun Interfaith Relief - $41,698 (Sterling and Leesburg)
SERVE - $23,467 (Lake Manassas)

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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