For Immediate Release
Monday, April 16, 2012
Southern Tier, NY
Southern Tier, NY, April 16, 2012 -Hunger
relief efforts in the Southern Tier received a financial
boost recently through a donation made to the Food Bank of the
Southern Tier by Just Energy, a leading North American
retailer of natural gas, electricity and green energy.
The company donated $5,000 towards the organization's
Strengthening the Root of Local Hunger Relief capital
campaign to expand food distribution for the BackPack™ Program, a
child hunger relief
program offered by the Food Bank. The program provides
nutritious, easy‐to‐prepare food for school children over the
course of the weekend, and aims to supplement the National
School Lunch Program which provides food for children
during the school week.
"The goals of the Food Bank are ambitious and admirable and we
are proud to do our part to support them" said Ken Hartwick,
President and CEO of Just Energy. "We cannot overlook the fact that
many people go without basic human needs such as food, shelter
and warmth. We commend the Food Bank for their hard work and
commitment to local hunger relief programs."
According to the Food Bank, adequately serving hungry people in
their six county Southern Tier service area requires
distribution of 16.8 million pounds of food annually. Their capital
campaign efforts, which include the recent acquisition and
renovation of a larger facility, along with fundraising for
program expansion such as the BackPack Program, will help to
meet the increased demand.
"We are very grateful to receive this donation which will help
us expand our BackPack Program," said Natasha Thompson, Food
Bank President and CEO. "The support from Just Energy will allow
more Southern Tier children to participate," she added.
During the 2010‐2011 school year, the Food Bank's BackPack
Program served 19 school districts across the Southern Tier
reaching more than 1,300 children each week.
About the Food Bank
In operation since 1981, the Food Bank of the Southern
Tier distributes food and food‐related products to people in
need through a network of more than 160 hunger‐relief member
agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and
other non‐profit organizations. The Food Bank also has a number
of direct service programs that fight hunger including the
BackPack Program™ and Mobile Food Pantry. Located in Elmira,
NY, the Food Bank is a regional agency of Catholic Charities and a
member of Feeding America. The Food Bank serves the six
counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga
About Just Energy
With a vision to revolutionize how our customers use
energy, Just Energy is a leading North American natural gas
and electricity retailer, and a market leader in green energy
programs and home comfort services. With regional offices
across Canada and the U.S., Just Energy serves 1.8 million
residential and commercial customers through a wide range of
energy programs. The company's simple and effective green
energy options provide consumers with greater choice and control to
help them reduce the environmental impact of their everyday
energy use. Established in 1997, Just Energy is a publicly
traded corporation (TSX: JE) and parent to affiliate
companies: Amigo Energy, Commerce Energy, Hudson Energy,
Hudson Energy Solar, National Home Services, Momentis, Tara Energy
and Terra Grain Fuels. Visit www.justenergy.com to learn more.
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