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 200,000 meals – to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY to support the Regional Food Bank’s ongoing response to 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 Regional 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 1982, the Regional Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger and eliminate food waste. As a result, the Regional Food Bank provides more than 40 million pounds of food per year to 1,000 agencies. With an expansive service territory, the organization provides assistance to 23 counties in the northeast region of the state, including: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren and Washington counties.
“The need for emergency food assistance right now continues to grow, and NYSEG’s donation will enable us to feed thousands of people who are struggling at this difficult time – children missing school meals, adults out of work, and seniors unable to safely leave their homes,” said Mark Quandt, Executive Director. “We are so grateful for NYSEG’s wonderful generosity.”
In addition to the $50,000 donation to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY, the company announced additional contributions to regional food banks in Western New York, Rochester, Central New York and the Southern Tier. 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 .