Nicor Gas donates to local food pantries to help them meet the needs of the holiday season
December 17, 2012
NAPERVILLE, IL — In the spirit of the holiday season, Nicor Gas has made donations including food and funds to nine northern Illinois food pantries to help them meet the demand during this time of year. To collect the food items, the company enlisted the help of its employees and conducted food drives at various reporting centers throughout its service territory. The employee efforts resulted in the collection of approximately 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food. Funds totaling $31,500 were also provided to help support the organizations.
“One of the core values that define us as an organization is our generosity of spirit,” said Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas. “I am humbled by the response from our employees and their dedication to give back to the communities we serve. Food pantries provide a critical service, and we are pleased to not only help stock their shelves but also to give them the financial support necessary to assist those in need.”
The largest financial donation was provided to Northern Illinois Food Bank, which is a non-profit organization that works with approximately 700 network partners to serve more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. Nicor Gas presented Northern Illinois Food Bank with a $20,000 check to help support its mission of ensuring that no one goes hungry in northern Illinois. Nine additional pantries also received monetary donations along with the food items collected during the drive.
“We are extremely grateful to Nicor Gas for its commitment to feeding our hungry neighbors,” said Pete Schaefer, president and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “The need for food assistance in northern Illinois is great and growing. Nicor Gas’ generous donation will allow us to provide 120,000 meals to our hungry neighbors.”
Nicor Gas employees from offices in Naperville, Aurora, Bloomington, Carthage, Glen Ellyn, Glenwood, Joliet, Kankakee and Yorkville participated in the food drive. Items will remain in the communities where they were collected and are being distributed to Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry, Aurora Interfaith Pantry, Midwest Food Bank, Shepherd’s Food Pantry, West Suburban Community Pantry, Respond Now, MorningStar Mission, Kankakee County Community Services and Kendall County Food Pantry.
About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. As the nation’s largest natural gas-only distributor based on customer count, AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than 1 million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Nicor National, which markets natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.
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