Wegmans' food drive raises more than $2 million in 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — During the fall 2012 checkout scanning campaign at 45 Wegmans stores in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, and the Greater Rochester region of New York, hunger relief donations totaled $1.4 million, Wegmans reported Wednesday. 

“We’re thankful for our customers and employees who step up to give in such a generous way,” stated Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans' community relations manager. “Their donations at checkout help reduce hunger that exists right in our own neighborhoods and communities.”

The fall campaigns ran at various dates from October to December. Timing of the annual checkout scanning campaigns varies by region. During this time, the remaining Wegmans stores, which run annual checkout campaigns in February, held a one-time scanning campaign for Feeding America, which provided resources to food banks in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Stores in Buffalo, Syracuse, the Southern Tier, and parts of Pennsylvania accepted donations November 6 – 25, raising $87,000.

Hunger relief scanning campaigns raised a total of $2.3 million at Wegmans in 2012. Since these programs began in 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $21 million for hunger relief.

In addition to money raised for emergency food services in 2012, Wegmans also donated 16 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas. 

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- 4:53 AM
Nicolas says

It always amazes me how our people despite such truly tough financial times are still involved with charity. It is a very noble thing to do for sure. One of my friends want to participate in a local charity event so much that she even took out cashadvance (it’s just her pay check was due a week after an even took a place). It was very sweet of her. But it is still better to put aside some if you want to donate. And you know what a total of $2.3 million at Wegmans in 2012 is a great achievement. Maybe it is not a big amount for somebody, but it is better than nothing anyways.

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