Utility company SoCalGas has announced the “Fueling Our Communities” program in partnership with several charity organizations aimed at providing meals to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative aims to assist 40,000 seniors, students, families and migrant farm workers in underserved communities across central and southern California.
Five charities have partnered with SoCalGas, who have funded the program with a $500,000 donation.
The charitable organizations include the Family Services Association, The American Legion, Food Share, Kern Economic Development Foundation and Sequoia Regional Economic Development Foundation.
Nearly 140,000 meals are projected to be provided over the course of the summer in 44 cities.
“As the summer season is approaching and more areas are reopening, we must keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing and there are many vulnerable populations in need,” said Andy Carrasco, vice president of strategy and engagement, and chief environmental officer at SoCalGas.
In addition to alleviating some of the personal hardships brought on by the economic slowdown surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the program aims to help stimulate small businesses as well.
“Through the ‘Fueling Our Communities’ initiative, SoCalGas hopes to help fill an essential need by providing meals while helping local businesses as well,” Carrasco said. “We are thankful for all the amazing organizations and community leaders who have stepped up and joined us to give back to those who need it the most.”
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