RG&E Employees Support Foodlink with Food Collection Drive
Employees across RG&E and AVANGRID participate in International Volunteer Week with a focus on food insecurity
ROCHESTER, NY — September 26, 2020 —
RG&E employees held a drive-thru food collection today to benefit Foodlink and its partner agencies. The company collected more than 400 pounds of donated canned food and other non-perishable food items to help replenish Foodlink’s shelves as food insecurity remains a top issue in the region. The drive is part of International Volunteer Week, a global effort created by RG&E’s parent company, AVANGRID, to support and care for the communities it serves.
“With food insecurity on the rise, support from RG&E throughout this crisis has played a critical role in Foodlink’s response,” said Julia Tedesco, President & CEO of Foodlink. “Thousands of people are relying on the emergency food system for the first time, and support like this allows Foodlink to serve all of our neighbors with dignity and without hesitation.”
In addition to the drive-thru food collection, RG&E hosted an online virtual food drive throughout September to fundraise for Foodlink. The money raised will help support the organization’s mission of leveraging the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities. These efforts come on the heels of RG&E donating $75,000 to Foodlink
earlier this year to support the organization’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At RG&E, we’re very proud to be a part of the Rochester community and look forward to International Volunteer Week as an opportunity to give back and care for our neighbors,” said Ivette Torres, RG&E Lead Analyst, Public Affairs. “Now more than ever, food banks and pantries need the support of their fellow local businesses and neighbors. Foodlink is a truly invaluable resource to our community and we’re proud to support them with this food drive.”
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.
Along with RG&E, sister company NYSEG held a similar food drive in Binghamton as part of International Volunteer Week.
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About RG&E: Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1848, RG&E operates approximately 8,800 miles of electric distribution lines and 1,100 miles of electric transmission lines. It also operates approximately 10,600 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 105 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 378,500 electricity customers and 313,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region in New York surrounding the City of Rochester. For more information, visit www.rge.com.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $35 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
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• Sarah Warren