ALBNAY – New York’s Governor announced Tuesday he is partnering with stores like Wegmans to donate over 35,000 Thanksgiving meals to people statewide.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says Walmart, Wegmans, the National Supermarket Association and the Community Service Society of New York are working together to deliver meals to feed more than 35,000 New Yorkers this Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving is an opportunity not just to reflect on our values of gratitude and service to others but also to act on those values,” Governor Cuomo said. “This partnership will provide thousands of families across the state with a warm meal to enjoy. I encourage every New Yorker to take time today to reflect and find a way that they can give back this week and throughout the holiday season.”
Upstate New York-based Wegmans donated meals to feed over 1,900 New Yorkers in Western and Central New York, and New York City. Wegmans recently opened its first store in New York City, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which donated meals to feed 500 New Yorkers.
As the nation’s largest grocer, last year alone, Walmart donated more than $50,000 across the state of New York in cash and in-kind donations in the fight against hunger. Donations by Walmart helped feed over 30,000 people.
This year, New York State says they are proud to partner with the Community Service Society of New York to distribute turkeys and other foods statewide. The Community Service Society has worked for over 175 years to implement real solutions to help low-income New Yorkers find a path out of economic hardship.
CSS works with both the public and private sectors to create real opportunity for every New Yorker so that they can take care of their families and loved ones.