PG&E donates $1,500 to Merced County Food Bank for senior meals

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) today said the Merced County Food Bank will get $1,500 to support its Senior Brown Bag program.

“We recognize that many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes and may be facing challenges during these tough economic times,” said Richard Dye, public affairs representative for PG&E. “Supporting the Merced County Food Bank is one way that we can help our senior citizens adjust to the increasing cost of living and ensure they are aware of the many financial assistance programs that are available to them.”

By providing financial support for the Senior Brown Bag program, PG&E and the Merced County Food Bank are helping to provide supplemental groceries to more than 1,600 Merced County residents. The 18-19 lbs. bags of groceries provided each month include fresh vegetables, produce and other nutritional essentials, the company said in a news release.

Besides supporting the Senior Brown Bag program, PG&E said it has also helped the food bank reduce its energy usage and costs. Since 2010, PG&E and the food bank have worked together to find the right programs and energy-efficiency measures, helping the food bank save more than $2,000 a year. The efforts included providing the food bank specialized account recommendations, participation in PG&E’s Local Government Partnership program, interior and exterior lighting upgrades and participation in PG&E’s Cool Biz program, which has increased the efficiency of the refrigeration systems at the location, according to the news release.

The Merced County Food Bank is a private nonprofit that grew out of community collaboration to feed the hungry in Merced County. The food bank is the hub of nonprofit food collection and distribution in the county, supplying the bulk of the food that many local agencies need to serve those living in poverty.

PG&E, a subsidiary of PG&E Corp. (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the U.S. --Sun-Star staff