SoCalGas launches a ‘Fueling Our Communities’ program to help feed needy in area

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RIVERSIDE – The Southern California Gas Co. launched their “Fueling Our Communities” program, July 6, to feed vulnerable groups in cities like Hemet and San Jacinto.

The utility is partnering with charitable organizations to provide meals to 40,000 seniors, students, families and migrant farmworkers and stimulate local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was launched in conjunction with five charity organizations with a $500,000 donation by the natural gas company. The program will provide close to 140,000 meals to 40,000 individuals from underserved communities in Tulare, Kern, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties. The program with the Family Service Association will span over the summer season in 44 cities including Hemet, San Jacinto, Perris and Moreno Valley. Other organizations throughout the state will also help with the distribution of including The American Legion, Food Share, Kern Economic Development Foundation and the Sequoia Regional Economic Development Foundation.

“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,” Andy Carrasco, vice president of strategy and engagement and chief environmental officer at SoCalGas, said. “Through the ‘Fueling Our Communities’ initiative, SoCalGas hopes to help fill an essential need by providing meals while helping local businesses as well. 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.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with SoCalGas this summer to provide nutritious meals to the senior population in the Inland Empire. This program will provide meals to seniors in 24 cities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties– many which are in rural and underserved areas,” Shannon Gonzalez, chief program officer at Family Service Association, said. “In addition to distributing meals to senior residents weekly with our city partners, FSA will also purchase gift certificates from local restaurants which will allow recipients to visit their favorite food spots and contribute to the local economy.”

SoCalGas is dedicated to supporting the health, safety and wellness of the community. In addition to supporting the ‘Fueling Our Communities’ events, the utility has donated more than $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations to support the region’s workforce, feed the hungry, provide bill assistance to customers and more as part of their COVID-19 recovery efforts. Together, the Sempra Energy family of companies – including SoCalGas’ sister California utility San Diego Gas and Electric and the Sempra Energy Foundation – have donated more than $12.5 million to those in need during this crisis.

For more information about SoCalGas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit http://www.socalgas.com/coronavirus or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Submitted by Southern California Gas Co.