The Atmos Energy/Robert W. Best Charitable Giving Fund announced on Wednesday a $1.5 million donation to quickly stock the shelves at local food banks around the country, where students and families affected by the coronavirus outbreak can access nutritious meals during these uncertain times. Second Harvest Food Bank located in Lafayette will receive a portion of the funding, according to an Atmos spokesperson.
"More than 3 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment benefits last week alone, and many of those are parents with children who rely on school food programs for breakfast and lunch every day," said Kevin Akers, Atmos Energy president and CEO. "While many will be left wondering how to pay rent, afford medical bills or make the next car payment, we envision this crucial support will help remove some of the mystery around where those folks might find their next meal."
By directing $1.5 million to local food banks that serve students and families most in need, this donation will have a direct and immediate impact on many of the 1,400 communities that Atmos Energy serves. Food banks across the country are vital relief organizations during this crisis and the need for food assistance will continue to grow in the coming weeks and months as schools remain closed and unemployment continues to rise, an Atmos Energy press release states.
The Atmos Energy/Robert W. Best Charitable Giving Fund makes contributions that advance its focus on three pillars of outreach - health, education, and community welfare.