Wegmans’ allergen-friendly food drive gets underway

Wegmans Food Markets and the Buffalo Bills are teaming up to help combat food insecurity in our communities for those with food allergies by donating allergen-friendly, gluten free, and lactose free items to FeedMore WNY and Foodlink.

Starting May 9 through May 21, customers at Rochester and Buffalo area stores will have the opportunity to purchase and donate select food items and drop them in the donation bin at the front of each of our stores. These items will benefit the two food banks and their member agencies.

“We’re excited to partner with the Buffalo Bills and our local food banks on this community initiative,” said Patty Kaminski, SVP of Wegmans Buffalo Division. “We see more and more customers looking for food allergy products, and we know that there’s a great need to get these special diet items to those who need them but may be struggling to feed their families.”

“From a mother’s perspective, I can tell you that it affects our family and many others a great deal. There were difficult lessons learned over the years and as parents, there is rarely a time you’re not thinking about this,” said Jamie McDermott, wife of Bills Head Coach, Sean McDermott, and food allergy advocate. “We are so very grateful for Wegmans and this partnership. It means a lot to us because we know we are not the only family that is affected by food allergies, and if we can help just one family by making it easier for them to access safe foods for their families, it will be worth it.”

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