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CHESTER, Va. – July 3, 2013 – Columbia Gas of Virginia responded to Governor McDonnell’s call to feed the hungry in Virginia by participating in the 2nd Annual Governor’s Bowl Food and Fund Drive, running from Memorial Day to Independence Day. Columbia Gas collected 10,030 pounds of food which will be donated to Virginia food banks this summer.
All seven Columbia Gas of Virginia offices collected monetary donations and non-perishable food items that will go to local chambers of commerce who are competing in the annual event. All donations will benefit the Virginia Federation of Food Banks.
“Summer is typically a slow season for donations, but it is also a time of year when area residents, especially children, need our help,” said Carl Levander, president of Columbia Gas of Virginia. “Many children rely on school feeding programs, but when they are out of school for the summer, they may not have access to regular meals. The Governor’s Bowl Food and Fund Drive helps food banks meet this increased need.”
In last year’s competition, Columbia Gas of Virginia contributed nearly 1,000 pounds of food to local chambers of commerce competing in the event. Columbia Gas employees in the Staunton office helped the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce win the 2012 Governor’s Bowl benefitting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. This year Columbia Gas of Virginia employees collected ten times as many pounds of food to give back to the communities they serve.
Winners of the 2013 Governor’s Bowl Food and Fund Drive will be announced by Governor Bob McDonnell later this summer.
About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia, with headquarters in Chesterfield County, is one of 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). Columbia Gas of Virginia serves more than 244,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about Columbia Gas of Virginia is available at ColumbiaGasVa.com.
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