Wegmans customers give big to hunger relief in 2013

Created: 01/22/2014 10:29 AM WHEC.com

Wegmans' Check Out Hunger and Care About Hunger campaigns raised a record $1.58-million in 2013. That’s a 14-percent increase over the 2012 total.

"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."

Both campaigns allowed shoppers to donate $1, $2, $3, or $5 (or any amount) at checkout to each store's local food bank. In Rochester, the money raised goes to Foodlink. This year, $685,015 was raised.

The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and the Wegmans stores that raised money:

New York
Foodlink - $685,015 (all Greater Rochester area Wegmans stores)

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)
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)
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)

Since these programs began, Wegmans has raised more than $23-million for hunger relief.