Wegman’s Donates 6.25 TONS of Food to SERVE

Wegmans at Lake Manassas Donates 6.25 Tons of Food to SERVE

Manassas, VA – August 30, 2010 – Employees of the Wegmans Lake Manassas store visited Northern Virginia Family Service’s Food Distribution Center at SERVE, and brought along a donation of 6.25 tons of food!  Their truck was packed full with 20 pallets of juice, cereal, assorted vegetables, ready-made meals, salad dressings and fixings, coffee, tea and assorted baking goods.

Approximately 10 employees from the Lake Manassas store were present, and after a brief warm-up and stretching period, spent the next hour and a half unloading all 20 pallets into SERVE’s Food Distribution Center.  The warehouse now has an impressive “Wegmans Wall” packed full of food, and ready to be sorted and shelved by the food warehouse volunteers.

Wegmans’ damaged freight is returned to their Rochester warehouse and re-packaged for donating to food assistance centers.  This nation-wide Wegmans effort is in keeping with their corporate responsibility initiative to assist local food programs in the immediate areas where their stores are located.  In 2009, 16 million pounds of food was donated to food banks.  That’s equal to about 420 tractor trailers’ worth of food!

SERVE, a program of NVFS,  is pleased to be included among the over 20 food assistance programs that are supported by the generous employees of Wegmans.

SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service, a private nonprofit established in 1924, is dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures. SERVE distributes $2 million worth of food annually to an average of 900 families each month, as well as providing shelter for homeless families, and emergency assistance to prevent families from becoming homeless.

Established in 1924, NVFS is a private, nonprofit community service resource dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self reliance and brighter futures. Each year, NVFS helps more than 20,000 people find affordable housing, counseling and child development programs; access low-cost medical and dental services; utilize foster and respite care; participate in job training; benefit from torture and trauma recovery; and more. For more information, visit www.nvfs.org.