Virginia Beach’s Wegmans just made its first big donation

The donation of non-perishable foods from Wegmans totaled out to more than 17,000 pounds. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore)
The donation of non-perishable foods from Wegmans totaled out to more than 17,000 pounds. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore)

NORFOLK — Wegmans here may not be open just yet but it has already started contributing to the community.

Thursday (March 21) morning, Wegmans made its first delivery to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to the tune of a truckload of 17,284 pounds of non-perishable food.

The donation included 20 pallets of canned goods, cereals, snacks, assorted beverages, condiments, baking mixes and other ingredients.

“Local grocery stores have been integral to our mission, in terms of providing food and funds to help children and families facing food insecurity in our service area,” said Ruth Jones Nichols, CEO, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “We are grateful for Wegmans’ support and pleased to have gained another partner willing to join us in our efforts to eliminate hunger in Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore.”

In addition to the food donation, the store team at Wegmans presented a $7,200 check to the United Way of South Hampton Roads, representing a corporate gift combined with contributions already raised by Wegmans’ Virginia Beach employees.

“Food banks build healthier communities and food for the hungry is one of our most important giving priorities,” said Mike Coyle, Virginia Beach Wegmans store manager. “It’s a privilege for us to partner with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and begin making a difference even before our store opens next month.”

Wegmans also makes it easy for shoppers to join in supporting local hunger relief efforts by participating in annual food bank programs where shoppers who wish to make a donation at checkout can have any amount added to their bill and 100 percent of those donations go directly to local agencies that feed the needy, according to a news release from the store.

Since 1993, Wegmans has raised more than $38.8 million for hunger relief through those checkout campaigns, officials said.

Wegmans Virginia Beach, which is located near the intersection of Virginia Beach and Independence boulevards, is set to open on April 28.

The company is still looking to hire employees.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online here, or call 757-271-0571 for more information.

Applications are not accepted at the store construction site, nor are interviews conducted there.

For more information on Wegmans in Virginia Beach, click here.

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