March 20, 2020 (www.waternewswire.com) American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, and the American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by American Water, announced today a $100,000 donation to Feeding America to help food banks across the country support individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, provides food and services to more than 46 million people each year.
"With the COVID-19 virus impacting our country nationwide, American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation are proud to help support Feeding America's food banks during this unprecedented time in our country," said Walter Lynch, chief operating officer, American Water. "We understand how critical life's necessities, like clean, safe water, are in our daily lives and in times of emergencies, and we hope this contribution can provide much needed assistance in communities throughout the country to help feed people affected by this virus."
"Giving back to the communities we serve is part of the culture at American Water and we are pleased to join forces and stand beside others who are doing their part to care for one another," said Carrie Williams, president, American Water Charitable Foundation.
Utilizing Feeding America's network of agencies, American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation will help food banks secure the resources they need to serve those impacted by COVID-19. As Feeding America continues to pack and distribute meals to people in need, the importance of ensuring food pantry and meal program availability has never been more crucial.
"We are grateful for the support of American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation," said Dan Nisbet, vice president of development, Feeding America. "The Feeding America network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors - children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions - throughout our nation during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your support and confidence in our work."
Funding provided by American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation's Disaster Relief Grant Program was directed to Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund. For every dollar donated, Feeding America helps secure and distribute 12 pounds of food - the equivalent of 10 meals - through its nationwide network of food banks.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.
About the American Water Charitable Foundation
The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company's ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofit endeavors.
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