New Jersey American Water Employees Donate $6,700 and 500 Pounds of Food to New Jersey Food Banks
CAMDEN, N.J. (SEPT. 22, 2020) – New Jersey American Water employees raised over $5,000 and donated over 500 pounds of food to seven different foodbanks across its service territory through a statewide physical and virtual food drive late last month. The American Water Charitable Foundation also provided an additional donation of approximately $1,700 through its employee-focused matching gift program, for a total of $6,700, which will provide about 20,100 meals for individuals in need.
“COVID-19 has placed such a strain on our local foodbanks, with food shortages, increased prices, and increased demands due to job loss and school closures,” said Cheryl Norton, President of New Jersey American Water and Chief Environmental Officer of American Water. “I am so proud of our employees and their eagerness to give during these difficult times, and I am especially proud to work for a company that recognizes the generosity of its employees through matched donations.”
The statewide food drive was part of a joint initiative in conjunction with Atlantic City Electric, New Jersey Natural Gas Company, Jersey Central Power & Light, and South Jersey Industries dubbed “Utilities United in Kindness.” Together, the five utility companies donated over 1,200 pounds of food and nearly $15,000 to 11 New Jersey food banks.
For more information about food insecurity and to locate a food bank near you, visit www.feedingamerica.org.
About New Jersey American Water
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About the American Water Charitable Foundation
Established in 2010 with a founding contribution from American Water, the American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofit endeavors. More information can be found online at amwater.com/corporate-responsibility.
Denise Venuti Free
Director of Communications and External Affairs