It’s official! Wawa is expanding its footprint and opening its first store in Jefferson Township – 767 State Route 15 S., Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 – Thursday, November 4, with a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony and a celebration of local heroes fighting hunger and serving their communities.
As part of the grand opening celebration, Wawa will recognize Mary O’Connell, a 20-year hunger relief pioneer and Coordinator of Check-Out Hunger, with The Wawa Foundation Local Hero Award. The award recognizes the role nonprofits and ordinary citizens can have in improving and building stronger communities. Mary, a longtime leader of Check-Out Hunger, will be honored for her two decades of community service as she makes plans to retire.
Wawa will also present a $10,000 grant to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in her honor. More information about the Local Hero Award can be found in the release attached to this email.
In addition, Wawa will host its signature “Hoagies for Heroes” competition between the Jefferson Township Police Department and the Jefferson Township Fire Department, with each department receiving $1,000 to donate to their charity of choice.
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The chain's name comes from the site of the company's first milk plant and corporate headquarters in the Wawa, Pennsylvania area. The name of the town Wawa is in turn derived from the Ojibwe word for the Canada goose. (Longfellow uses the word in Book II ("The Four Winds") of The Song of Hiawatha, writing "He it was who [...] sent the wild-goose, Wawa, northward") An image of a goose in flight serves as the Wawa corporate logo.
While Quickchek owns this local region based upon their footprint and establishments both offer the same food, shopping and gas, you now have a competitive brand that helps brings lower cost to the region.
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