October 3 2014

Wegmans Makes Large Food Donation

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Food Pantry and People Helping People received a sizable donation from a new business coming to town. Wegmans, which is opening a store on 3rd Ave. later this month, brought a truck with 4,453 pounds of non-perishable food to the food pantry Friday morning. The donation is the first of three announced by the supermarket chain. In total Wegmans said it will donate over 13,000 pounds of food to the pantry over the next six months. 


Food Pantry Co-Coordinator Jane McIninch said the donation was coming at an excellent time as the food pantry ramps up for the holiday season. She also said this was one of the largest donations in the pantry’s history. 


The food pantry is supported by donations from local residents and businesses. 


Burlington Store Manager Kevin Russell and a group from Wegmans visited People Helping People in the months leading up to the store opening to understand the pantry’s needs and build a partnership for Wegmans food donations moving forward, a release states. When the truck arrives at the pantry, Russell and other employees from the store will help unload the 6 pallets of canned fruits, vegetables, soups, juices, cereals, granola bars, peanut butter, and assorted pastas.


“This is just the start of our commitment to making a difference in Burlington,” said Russell. “We’ve already seen what a welcoming and caring community this is, and we’re eager to give back just as all good neighbors do.”

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