Rochester, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- To help emergency responders feed those evacuated by floods in Pennsylvania and New York’s Southern Tier, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has donated two tractor trailer loads of non-perishable food.
The trucks were dispatched from Rochester Friday morning: one headed for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira, N.Y.; the other going to The Northeast Regional Weinberg Food Bank in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Each of the food banks is working closely with the local Red Cross chapters to supply food to people in shelters and to others in need. The loads include such things as canned tuna, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, soups, cereal, and plastic cups, plates, and cutlery. The total value of the donation is approximately $90,000.
Wegmans operates stores in Wilkes-Barre, PA and Johnson City, N.Y. The Wilkes-Barre store has remained open throughout, but Wegmans Johnson City store, with water flooding its parking lot and loading docks, closed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and will remain closed on Friday. Wegmans hopes to open the Johnson City store on Saturday, if conditions warrant.
“Our employees are safe, but many have been evacuated from their homes or have sustained damage to their property, and our customers are facing the same challenges,” says President Colleen Wegman. “We’ve been in touch with the Red Cross and food banks in both areas to determine their needs and help in any way we can.”
Wegmans also reports that both the Wilkes-Barre and Johnson City stores have donated food and water to emergency responders, including the National Guard.
The Wegmans Family Charitable Foundation has also announced a donation totaling $300,000: $150,000 each to the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter and the American Red Cross Wyoming Valley Chapter.