Contact: Oya Oliver, President & CEO, 540-371-7666 x 139, Cell: 540-424-1730
Jo Natale, Wegmans Vice President of Media Relations, 585-429-3627
Wegmans Makes A Special Delivery: An 18,467-Pound Truckload Filled With Food for Hungry in Our Area
Fredericksburg, VA: On Thursday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m., a truckload of 18,4677 pounds of non-perishable food arrived at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank from our friends at Wegmans Food Markets just in time to help fill the shelves for our partner agencies as they get ready for the increased summer need.
“We are so very grateful for our partnership with Wegmans,” stated Oya Oliver, CEO of the FRFB. “This donation alone will provide meals to those who are food insecure in our community. As we enter the summer season, many families are struggling to find food to replace meals that had been provided to children at school. This donation will mean that food will be available in food pantries throughout the area to feed families.”
When the Wegmans tractor-trailer arrived at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Store Manager Chris DePumpo was on hand along with a team of employees from the Fredericksburg store to help unload and sort the 21 pallets of food.
”We know that as we head into the summer months, it’s an especially critical time of the year for food banks,” said DePumpo. “Helping to feed the hungry is one of the best ways we can make a difference and build a healthier community.”
In addtion to this donation, Wegmans Fredericksburg is partnering with the FRFB for a “Fill the Bus” food drive from June 21 through July 4. The customer service desk will post a wish list of non-perishable items that are intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, like tuna fish, peanut butter, and canned soup. Items to donate will also displayed by the registers and can be purchased at checkout and then placed in the “Fill the Bus” collection bin by the front of the store. All donations purchased at the Fredericksburg store will go to the FRFB, remaining in the community to provide healthy meals for children when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.
Last year, Wegmans donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas.
About the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – Serving Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.7 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Food for Life senior feeding, the Mobile Pantry program, Club Kids after school snack program, Food-4-Families School Pantry program and the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding. For more information on the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org
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.