On Thursday, February 22, 2018, a group of employees from Wegmans Food Markets’ Downingtown and Malvern stores visited the Food Bank to present a check for $152,789 and deliver a truckload of over 17,000 pounds of non-perishable food.
Wegmans employees from the two local stores will be on hand to help to sort and organize 20 pallets of food, including canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice.
“I am truly amazed at the collaboration between Wegmans and their customers,” says Larry Welsch, executive director of the Chester County Food Bank. Wegmans has been a partner with us since 2010 donating over three quarters of a million dollars through Care About Hunger. Unfortunately, food insecurity continues to increase in Chester County so we are ever grateful that Wegmans is a steadfast supporter of the Food Bank and our mission to mobilize the community to ensure access to real, healthy food.
The funds were raised during Wegmans’ Care About Hunger campaign, which ran October 19 through December 20, 2017. During the campaign, customers and employees could contribute $1 to $5 or any other amount at checkout, with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank. Regionally, the fall campaign raised $78,646 more than the previous year and the Downingtown and Malvern stores raised $6,527 more in fall 2017 than the fall 2016 campaign. The success of Care About Hunger and donation of food strengthens each year, thereby allowing the Food Bank to serve more of our neighbors in need.
“We believe communities thrive when we all work together, and there’s no greater example of that than our partnerships with local and regional food banks to help provide food for people at risk of hunger, whether that’s through food donations or checkout scanning campaigns,” said Wegmans Malvern Store Manager Amy Miller. “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 the Care About Hunger campaign each year, and for our community partners who work so hard addressing the needs of our communities all year long.”
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The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 food cupboards, meal sites and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.