Posted on February 21, 2017

Chico: PG&E Donates to Food Bank Stretched Thin from Oroville Dam Evacuations

By Paul Moreno

CHICO — As part of its ongoing effort to support local communities, PG&E has donated $5,000 to the North State Food Bank and its managing organization after the agency was stretched thin by serving evacuees of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway incident and flooding.

“The Food Bank continued to serve those who needed it, even though the agency’s resources were severely impacted by the evacuation. We are proud to support this agency as it aligns with our own values of giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live,” said Carl Schoenhoffer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley division.

PG&E has an established relationship with the North State Food Bank and donated turkeys and canned food, being offloaded here, last December. (Photo by Paul Moreno.)

The agency helped to feed evacuees despite the center’s main warehouse being within the evacuation area and many of its employees evacuated from their homes starting on February 12. More than 10,000 pounds of food were delivered during the evacuation, from larger evacuation centers in Chico to small shelters as far away as Bangor and Los Molinos.

“We know that people want to help others. That is our purpose,” said Tom Tenorio, CEO of Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc., whose programs include the North State Food Bank which serves Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties. People can support the Food Bank through online donations at www.buttecaa.com.

PG&E also supports the Red Cross through an annual contribution to support the agency’s emergency services and safety outreach throughout Northern and Central California.

PG&E’s donations are funded by shareholders and not by PG&E customers.

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