So often during the pandemic we saw empty shelves all over and people taking more food off the shelves than they may have needed and then we turn around and see people go hungry.

Feed The Hungry is more than an organization, it's a teaching that dates back more than 2,000 years where we give what we have when we can so others don't have to go to bed hungry and even just one day a week or one holiday a year have something to eat and a friend to share it with at a table or a park.

New Jersey American Water is now one of many people and organizations who are taking time out to make sure mouths are fed and people are nourished.

NJAW has raised more than $5,000 and donated more than 500 pounds of food to seven different foodbanks stemming from a statewide physical and virtual food drive in August.

The American Water Charitable Foundation also provided an additional donation of nearly $1,700 through its employee-focused matching gift program, for a total of $6,700, which they said 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,” Cheryl Norton, President of New Jersey American Water and Chief Environmental Officer of American Water, said in a statement. “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.”

Their statewide food drive was part of a joint initiative with Atlantic City Electric, New Jersey Natural Gas Company, Jersey Central Power & Light and South Jersey Industries dubbed “Utilities United in Kindness.”

Combined, they all  donated over 1,200 pounds of food and nearly $15,000 to 11 New Jersey food banks.

You can learn more information about food insecurity and locate a food bank near you, at www.feedingamerica.org.

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