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On behalf of our valued customers, DQE Communications has donated $15,000 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which serves communities well beyond Pittsburgh. According to the Food Bank, contributions of $100 can provide up to 500 meals. DQE’s gift is expected to help provide food to upwords of 75,000 individuals in need.
According to government statistics, one in five Pittsburghers, or 21.4%, are food insecure – a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank notes that food insecurity can be correlated with increased risk of negative health issues as households choose between paying for food and other expenses such as rent, heat and medicine. Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the U.S., reports that the COVID-19 pandemic will cause food insecurity in southwestern Pennsylvania to rise by 42%. Between March 16 and September 30, 2020, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank delivered over 25.2 million pounds to 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.
“At DQE, the wellbeing of the Greater Pittsburgh area is quite important to us and we are proud to support a local non-profit organization like the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank,” says Jim Morozzi, CEO of DQE Communications. “As a local business ourselves, it’s part of our values to give back to lift up the region that we call home. Through a variety of programs as well as drive-up services, distribution partners and its warehouse, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is tackling an immense issue. We are happy to make this contribution on behalf of our customers to tackle food insecurity in the area.”
With the pandemic and increased expenses during the colder months, the need in the community is greater now than ever,” said Lisa Scales, President and CEO of the Food Bank. “We are thankful for the continued support of DQE Communications. This $15,000 contribution means so much to our neighbors who are struggling to put food on the table during this holiday season.”
For additional information or to contribute to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, go to pittsburghfoodbank.org.Read the Press Release