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Entergy Helps Local Partners Fight Community Hunger in Louisiana
Company provides approximately $88,000 to food pantries and non-profits during the holidays
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Entergy has worked tirelessly throughout 2020 to support Louisiana communities beyond keeping the lights on and the gas safely flowing, and the company is continuing those efforts this holiday season.
Thousands of Louisiana families will have access to nutritious food and other necessities thanks to Entergy’s partnerships with local community service organizations across the state. The company provided more than $88,000 to Louisiana food pantries and nonprofits during the holiday season, bringing the total given to alleviate hunger in Louisiana to nearly $300,000 in 2020.
In parts of south Louisiana, families have received meals through church food basket deliveries or will receive meals through The Salvation Army’s Holiday Food Box program. In northeast Louisiana, hundreds of kids will go home from school with a food-filled backpack thanks to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana’s Backpack for Kids program. In southwest Louisiana, residents in need will receive a hot meal through Abraham’s Tent Association. And in Orleans Parish, families and seniors in need will have access hot meals through organizations such as The Giving Hope Feeding Program, New Orleans Business Alliance and Second Harvest Food Bank.
These are just a few examples of how Entergy is helping to fight hunger, a real threat to one-in-six Louisiana homes, according to the USDA. About 23% of Louisiana seniors face the threat of hunger as well, the second highest rate nationwide. And Feeding America estimates that one-in-four Louisiana children live in homes that are food insecure.
“At Entergy, we know that we must go beyond providing power to make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “That’s why we’ll continue to partner with food pantries and local non-profits to help keep our communities healthy and safe during the holidays and year-long.”
“We have faced challenges this year like no other. Many of our fellow New Orleanians found themselves out of work, often for the first time, and turned to food banks and meal sites for help,” said David Ellis, Entergy New Orleans president and CEO. “Families with children have been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. Too many children have lost access to school meals for breakfast and lunch, which play a key role in helping to feed needy children. Supporting our community partners is one way we can help ensure no family goes hungry this holiday season.
Entergy New Orleans, LLC is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 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. Both companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 8,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.