The Rappahannock Food Pantry wants to give a tip of the hat, a round of applause and a big thank-you to Wegmans supermarket.
This family-owned grocery chain based in New York opened its store in nearby Gainesville just two and a half years ago, and already Wegmans has shown a strong commitment to community. And thanks to dairy manager Ken Karlson, our small Food Pantry is a recipient of the company’s generosity.
Ken worked for six months to gain approval from headquarters to donate salable foods to the Rappahannock Food Pantry on a regular weekly schedule. The bounty is primarily dairy products – cheese, milk and eggs, items that were often in short supply on our shelves, especially the eggs. We have wonderful providers who share the harvest from their henhouses but when their chickens slowed down, their contributions had to do the same. Now, with Wegmans’ help, we have plenty of eggs for everyone. In fact, we are often so well stocked that we can share with our sister food bank in Warrenton, a welcome opportunity since they routinely share so much with us.
In February, the pantry received 3,024 pounds of food from Wegmans, and another 3,215 pounds in March. It all gets here from Gainesville through the volunteer services of Laurie Smith and Mark Reinhardt, who donate their time and their refrigerated van for weekly pick-up and delivery.
Thanks to Wegmans, Laurie and Mark and other caring businesses and individuals that support the Rappahannock Food Pantry, we continue to be able to provide to those in need and contribute to the sustaining spirit of our compassionate community.
P.S.: It’s garden time, and as you welcome the return of the growing season, please consider planting a little extra to donate to the Food Pantry. If you’d like more information on our Plant a Row for Rappahannock program, call 540-675-1177 or visit plantarow.rappahannock.com. We’re on Salem Avenue in Washington and open 9 to 4 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.