Wegmans Food Markets’ newest location in Medford will deliver a tractor-trailer filled with 17,523 pounds of non-perishable food to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) on Thursday, October 12 at 10 a.m. The Greater Boston Food Bank will, in turn, distribute the items to food pantries, including those that serve the Medford area (The Community Cupboard Food Pantry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, the Saint Raphael Food Pantry, and the Friends of Francis Food Pantry), where Wegmans will open on Sunday, November 5.
A group of Wegmans employees and Medford-area food pantry representatives will be at GBFB when the donation arrives to help unload the truck, which includes nearly nine tons of items such as canned fruits, vegetables, soups, juices, cereals and other products.
“This donation demonstrates our commitment to reducing hunger and giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work. It’s our privilege to begin making a difference even before the store opens,” said Kevin Russell, Wegmans Medford store manager.
In 2016, Wegmans donated 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and meal programs across all of its market areas. The company also makes it easy for shoppers to support local hunger relief efforts by participating in annual food bank scanning programs at checkout. Since 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $33 million through these programs with 100% of the funds going directly to local agencies.
“Eleven percent of Medford residents struggle with food insecurity, and we thank Wegmans for partnering with The Greater Boston Food Bank to directly help those in need in area,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. “Wegmans’ generous donation will provide the equivalent of 14,603 meals and reflects its exemplary commitment to hunger relief.”
– Submitted by Wegmans