UGI Utilities, Inc. (UGI) has provided $60,000 of financial support to local food banks serving communities in its service area to assist them in meeting the increased need as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
“UGI has been an integral part of Pennsylvania communities for nearly 140 years,” Hans Bell, UGI Chief Operating Officer, said. “We recognize the extraordinary circumstances that have affected many families in the region.”
These donations are part of an initiative conducted by the various companies that are part of UGI Corporation to provide support to the many communities they serve.
“The COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and it is clearly having a financial impact on millions of Pennsylvanians. We are seeing increased demand already on food banks like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank,” Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, said. “Over the past week, some of our partner agencies have already reported triple the amount of clients. Life-sustaining donations like the one provided by UGI will help us feed these families in need and help us provide 120,000 additional meals during this time. We are very grateful for UGI’s support.”
UGI provided donations to the following food banks assisting residents in in communities within the Company’s service territory:
- The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank received $20,000. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank works to reduce hunger in 27 counties across central Pennsylvania. By partnering with more than 1,000 local agencies and programs, the organization serves more than 135,000 people in need each month through two Healthy Food Hubs, located in Harrisburg and Williamsport.
- The Commission on Economic Opportunity received $15,000 in support of the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank. The Food Bank serves Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wyoming Counties by distributing food to charitable organizations feeding the needy throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The more than 160 agencies include food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, group homes for the disabled, day care centers, children's camps and senior citizens programs.
- The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley received $10,000 in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. Second Harvest Food Bank serves 200 agencies in Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne Counties.
- Helping Harvest received $10,000. Helping Harvest distributes food to more than 300 charitable food program partners in Berks and Schuylkill Counties. The partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, Mobile Markets and senior housing facilities.
- The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania received $5,000. Second Harvest serves 11 counties in northwest Pennsylvania, including Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango, and Warren Counties.
During the COVID-19 emergency, UGI continues to provide safe and reliable natural gas and electric service to customers throughout Pennsylvania. UGI recognizes that the daily changes brought on by COVID-19 present significant challenges to our customers and the communities we serve. UGI and its employees are prepared to assist residents as needed. We urge customers with specific questions to call 800-276-2722 to speak with a UGI customer service representative.
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