Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State is partnering with Walmart, the Community Service Society of New York, Coca-Cola, Wegmans, HelloFresh, the National Supermarket Association and Stew Leonard’s this week to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to feed more than 50,000 people statewide.
“New Yorkers have faced unprecedented challenges this year, yet they have continued to stand strong and come together in service to their communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “These partnerships will provide tens of thousands of families across the state with a warm meal and a reminder that the New York family will always take care of one another. As we approach Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, I encourage all New Yorkers to not only find their own way to give back during these difficult times, but also give thanks to all those who have put their communities before themselves by continuing to wear masks and staying socially distant.”
“During these challenging times, we want to make sure New Yorkers have a delicious, warm meal for the Thanksgiving holiday,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “Throughout the pandemic, we have worked to help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to fresh, local food, and this partnership will continue our efforts during the holiday season. We know the holidays will be difficult this year, and we want to make sure individuals and families have the care, support and resources they need to stay healthy, warm and safe.”
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 35,000 people.
Additionally, this year, New York State is 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.
Coca-Cola has also donated $13,000 to help feed 5,000 families across New York State as well as donated $10,000 to the Community Service Society to purchase turkeys.
As another part of this partnership, Upstate New York-based Wegmans donated meals to feed more than 1,400 New Yorkers in Western and Central New York. Through company donations and customer checkout scanning campaigns, Wegmans has given and raised more than $3.6 million, the equivalent of 1,855,670 meals, in 2020 for its food bank and pantry partners in New York State
HelloFresh has donated 8,000 meals to provide a full, traditional Thanksgiving dinner to our veterans across New York City. HelloFresh’s Thanksgiving donation is an additional $20,000 above the $500,000 donation provided over the last six months to feed our veterans and their families
Finally, the National Supermarket Association and Stew Leonard’s have also made donations to help feel people across New York State.
Wegmans Community Relations Manager Linda Lovejoy said, “We’re committed to reducing hunger and giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Through this initiative, we’re able to deliver on that commitment and help ensure families have a warm meal to gather around during this special time of year.”