Columbia Gas and NiSource Charitable Foundation Donate $60,000 to Virginia Food Pantries

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thanks to the support of social media users, Columbia Gas of Virginia and the NiSource Charitable Foundation today announced a total of $60,000 in grants to local food banks and a shelter that help fight hunger in Virginia.

The Columbia Gas contribution was made possible with the support of social media users who shared or retweeted designated Columbia Gas of Virginia #ShareToCare Facebook or Twitter posts about hunger in Virginia. For each shared post, Columbia Gas pledged to donate $5 (up to a total of $30,000) spread equally among six local food banks and shelters in the company’s service territory. The company’s goal was to match $30,000 in donations being made to those same agencies by the NiSource Charitable Foundation – for a total of $60,000 in funding to fight hunger across the state. 

“Columbia Gas is proud to support local agencies that are helping make a difference in the lives of hungry individuals and families in the communities we serve,” Columbia Gas of Virginia President Brent Archer said. “Hunger impacts 12 out of every 100 Virginians, so that’s nearly a million people struggling for a basic aspect of daily life. This campaign helped raise awareness of the importance of these local programs, while providing meaningful support to those most in need.” 

Virginia food banks each receiving a total of $10,000 in grants include: 

  • Chesterfield Food Bank, Chester
  • Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Fredericksburg 
  • Oasis Commission on Social Ministry, Portsmouth
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Lynchburg
  • Culpeper Winter Heat Shelter, Culpeper
  • Hope Distributed Community Development, Harrisonburg 

To view the Columbia Gas #ShareToCare campaign posts, social media users can follow @ColumbiaGasVa on Facebook (Facebook.com/ColumbiaGasVa) and Twitter (Twitter.com/ColumbiaGasVa). Additional details about the campaign are available at: ColumbiaGasVa.com/community-news/food-bank-social-media-campaign

Headquartered in Chesterfield County, Columbia Gas of Virginia serves more than 265,000 residential, industrial and government customers in 91 communities across the Commonwealth. The company is one of seven energy distribution companies of NiSource (NYSE: NI), one of the largest regulated utility companies in the United States, serving about 3.7 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers through the Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. Learn more at www.columbiagasva.com or on social media @columbiagasva. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE.

MEDIA CONTACT:             
Monique Finneran
Director, Communications
& Community Affairs
mfinneran@nisource.com 
1-804-777-3079