At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, a tractor trailer from Wegmans Food Markets will deliver 20 pallets of food to the Anne Arundel Food Bank in Crownsville, Maryland. Thirty employees of the soon-to-open Wegmans in Waugh Chapel Towne Centre will be on hand to help unload the truck. Reporters are welcome to attend.
Bruce Mihalec, executive director of Anne Arundel Food Bank, says “Wegmans is making a strong statement of support to our food bank and our citizens in need. It is much needed and could not have come at a better time.”
The load, valued at about $30,000, will include such pantry staples as cereal, soup, peanut butter, pasta, canned tuna, canned vegetables, baking ingredients and meal starters and side dishes.
“Feeding the hungry is one of our company’s most important giving priorities,” says Gerry Troisi, manager of the new Wegmans. “This is an exciting first step in what will be a close working relationship with Anne Arundel food banks and pantries.”
When the new Wegmans opens, local food pantries will also receive daily donations of perishable foods, such as produce, bread and dairy items. In total, Wegmans stores donated 14.9 million pounds of food to local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens across all of its market areas in 2011.
The Waugh Chapel Wegmans, located on Route 3 in Gambrills, will open October 28th at 7 a.m.