NYSEG and RG&E Donate $275,000 to Food Banks Across New York
$75,000 to Foodlink in Rochester
Donation part of company’s effort to support COVID-19 response
ROCHESTER, NY — April 16, 2020 — RG&E, an AVANGRID company, today announced that it has donated $75,000 to Foodlink in Rochester to support the organization’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 situation. The donation is part of a $2 million commitment by RG&E’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 Foodlink 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 1978 to end hunger and build healthier communities, Foodlink distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food each year. With an expansive service territory, the organization provides assistance in 10 counties in the Rochester area, including: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.
“Foodlink is going to great lengths to produce 5,000 meals daily for school-age kids, and provide tens of thousands of emergency food boxes to our network during this time of uncertainty for food-insecure households throughout our region,” said Julia Tedesco, President & CEO of Foodlink. “We’re thankful for the generous support provided by AVANGRID, in partnership with RG&E, which will allow us to continue to serve some of our region’s most vulnerable residents.”
In addition to the $75,000 donation to Foodlink, the company announced additional contributions to regional food banks in Western NY, Central NY, the Southern Tier and Northeastern NY. The company previously announced last month that it, along with sister company, NYSEG, 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 RG&E’s COVID-19 response page.
- Michael Jamison
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