DALLAS - Oct. 6, 2021 - Atmos Energy recently donated $150,000 to CitySquare's food programs, which will help relieve hunger across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. CitySquare is experiencing greater need than ever before. Last year alone, CitySquare distributed 2.8 million pounds of food to 13,209 neighbors through the CitySquare Food Pantry. More than 22,000 healthy meals were created from 29,586 pounds of recovered edible food that would have been otherwise wasted. Over 500,000 meals were served in the organization's after school and summer food programs. This gift is one of hundreds made by Atmos Energy as part of an enterprise-wide Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities drive to invest in educational, literacy, energy assistance, and food security resources across the 1,400 communities it serves.
"The past two years have produced unprecedented food insecurity. We see many folks coming to CitySquare for the first time," said CitySquare President and CEO John Siburt. "Atmos Energy's generosity will help CitySquare meet this increased demand and fulfill food needs for individuals, families and children we serve throughout D-FW."
CitySquare's Food Pantry operates on a first-come, first-served basis with no pre-registration required. Open to all zip codes, neighbors can pick up groceries at the food pantry once every two weeks and receive fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, frozen meat, dairy, and bakery items. Focused on the health of its community, staff, and volunteers, CitySquare operates a drive-thru food pantry and a walk-up station for individuals who walk or take the bus. Groceries are pre-packed to ensure the process is quick and safe and to maintain necessary safety precautions.
"Through our Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, we believe in making a difference in our communities by partnering with vital organizations like CitySquare," said Oric Walker, Atmos Energy vice president of public affairs. "CitySquare is committed to equality and inclusiveness and recognizes that it takes the entire community to fight hunger. When we work together, we multiply the impact for our neighbors."
In partnership with hundreds of organizations, Atmos Energy's Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities outreach benefits school districts, nonprofits, after school programs, and food banks through everything from backpacks and laptops to nutritious breakfasts to books that help early childhood learners read on level by third grade. Vulnerable households will also have access to funds through local energy assistance agencies that provide support with utility bills, weatherization, customer natural gas line repairs, and natural gas appliance repairs and replacements.
About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation, an S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the country's largest natural gas-only distributor. We safely deliver reliable, affordable, efficient and abundant natural gas to more than 3 million distribution customers in over 1,400 communities across eight states located primarily in the South. As part of our vision to be the safest provider of natural gas services, we are modernizing our business and infrastructure while continuing to invest in safety, innovation, environmental sustainability and our communities. Atmos Energy manages proprietary pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. Find us online at http://www.atmosenergy.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
CitySquare exists to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship. Working hand in hand with our neighbors, we develop sustainable partnerships to provide support and encouragement so all neighbors can achieve their full potential. Last year, more than 62,000 of our Dallas neighbors were impacted by CitySquare. For more information, visit citysquare.org.