Duke Energy has awarded $425,000 to more than a dozen Florida organizations that provide food assistance and other community resources to help seniors and families throughout the state. The funding, provided by the Duke Energy Foundation and Duke Energy Florida, helped wrap up the holiday giving campaigns of numerous organizations, with many including matching donations by private donors, according to a news release.
“Every bit of support to local and statewide food banks and community resources is helpful any time of year but particularly during the holiday season,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president, in the release.
“We are proud to support these incredible organizations and the great work they do throughout the year to keep Floridians and their families fed, healthy and secure,” said Seixas.
This year’s holiday donations are in addition to $100,000 donated previously to Feeding Florida, a statewide organization dedicated to providing healthy, nutritious meals through its network of food banks.
The funding also allowed the Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) to distribute free holiday gift cards for seniors.
Some of the organizations that received funding include:
- Feeding Florida
- Florida Council on Aging, to be distributed through Seniors First, Orange County; Neighborly Care Network, Pinellas County; Council on Aging of Volusia County; NU-HOPE Elder Care Services; CARES, Pasco County; Citrus County Support Services; and Marion Senior Services.
- 211 Tampa Bay Cares
- St. Pete Free Clinic
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
- Hope Partnership in Central Florida
- Community Food Bank in Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties
- Heartland Food Bank, Highlands County
- Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida
To learn more about assistance programs, visit Duke-Energy.com/HereToHelp.
Published January 17, 2024