NYSEG and RG&E Donate $275,000 to Food Banks Across New York
Donation part of company’s effort to support COVID-19 response
BINGHAMTON, NY — April 16, 2020 — NYSEG, an AVANGRID company, today announced that it has donated $50,000 – the equivalent of 150,000 meals – to Food Bank of Central NY to support the Food Bank’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 situation. The donation is part of a $2 million commitment by NYSEG’s parent company, AVANGRID, to support national and local programs that are assisting those impacted by COVID-19.
“While the company has taken a number of steps to put customers first and assist those impacted by the ongoing situation, supporting local organizations such as the Food Bank is an important step in caring for the communities we serve,” said Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.
Established in 1985, the Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. As a result, the Food Bank provides more than 15 million pounds of food, or 13 million meals, to hungry families, children and the elderly each year. With an expansive service territory, the organization provides food assistance in 11 counties in the central region of the state, including: Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties.
“We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from NYSEG to aid us in our response to the COVID-19 public health crisis,” said Lynn Hy, Chief Development Officer of Food Bank of Central New York. “During the month of March we saw a 20% increase in demand for emergency food and that number continues to grow. This donation will help us acquire and distribute food to children, families, and seniors in need in our community.”
In addition to the $50,000 donation to Food Bank of Central New York, the company announced additional contributions to regional food banks in Western New York, Rochester, the Southern Tier and Northeastern NY. The company previously announced last month that it, along with sister company, RG&E, had donated 17,700 N95 and surgical masks to the state’s COVID-19 response effort to assist health care workers on the front lines. The company also announced a number of steps it has taken to assist customers that have suffered financial hardships as a result of the virus.
For more information, visit NYSEG’s COVID-19 response page .