Submitted by Entergy Corporation
NEW ORLEANS, December 21, 2021 /CSRwire/ - Entergy stepped beyond the power grid again this year to support its communities in Louisiana by partnering with food pantries and nonprofits to fight community hunger. Throughout the year, including the holiday season, the company provided more than $300,000 to make sure thousands of families had access to nutritious food and other necessities.
Families will receive meals through the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and The Salvation Army’s Holiday Food Box program. In Orleans Parish, Giving Hope NOLA, Heroes of New Orleans and Second Harvest Food Bank will provide food for families. In northeast Louisiana, low-income elderly residents will receive food from the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. In southwest Louisiana, residents in need will receive a hot meal through Abraham’s Tent Association. In addition, families affected by Hurricane Ida received food through Terrebonne Churches United Food Bank; a grant from Entergy helped the organization purchase a new walk-in freezer earlier this year.
These are just a few examples of how Entergy is helping fight hunger, a real threat to one-in-five Louisianans, according to Feeding Louisiana. The organization says 750,000 Louisianans qualified as food insecure prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the number increased to 930,000 at the height of the pandemic.
“We know the pandemic and historic hurricane seasons have only increased economic hardships for people in our communities and that’s why supporting local food pantries and nonprofits providing disaster relief is so important to us,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “Please join us in supporting these community service organizations that are working incredibly hard to make sure our neighbors are healthy and safe, not only during the holiday season but all year long.”
“While we work with our community partners to help bring New Orleanians a sense of normalcy, we recognize that many of our neighbors are still in need of a helping hand,” said Deanna Rodriguez, Entergy New Orleans president and CEO. “No family should ever have to go hungry. That’s why we not only contribute funding to support critical community services, but we also volunteer to prepare and deliver meals for families in need.”
Entergy New Orleans, LLC is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 205,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to approximately 1.1 million customers and natural gas service to more than 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. It has operations in southern, central and northern Louisiana.
Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees. Learn more at entergy.com and follow @Entergy on social media.
Entergy is a Fortune 500 company that powers life for 3 million customers through our operating companies in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. We’re investing in the reliability and resilience of the energy system while helping our region transition to cleaner, more efficient energy solutions. With roots in our communities for more than 100 years, Entergy is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability and corporate citizenship. Since 2018, we have delivered more than $100 million in economic benefits each year to local communities through philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Entergy is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has approximately 12,000 employees. Learn more at entergy.com and follow @Entergy on social media. #WePowerLife
Corporate Social Responsibility at Entergy
For more than 100 years, Entergy has powered life in our communities through strategic philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Entergy’s corporate social responsibility initiatives help create and sustain thriving communities, position the company for sustainable growth and are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our top CSR priorities are education/workforce development, poverty solutions/social services and environmental programs. Entergy annually contributes $16-$18 million in shareholder-funded grants to approximately 2,000 nonprofit organizations in the communities where we operate. In addition, our employees volunteer more than 100,000 hours in those communities' values at more than $3 million.
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