PSE will donate food, funds to Issaquah pantry

December 7, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2009

Puget Sound Energy and the utility company’s employees are working to fill shelves at food banks across the Puget Sound region, including the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

PSE customers are also welcome to join the food drive.

PSE, based in Bellevue, will distribute $22,500 in donations among 43 Washington food banks in order to help the feeding programs stock shelves during the holiday season.

In addition to financial contributions, PSE employees will donate nonperishable food items to the pantries. PSE employees conduct annual holiday food drives.

“Puget Sound Energy and our employees recognize that our customers and communities have been particularly hard hit this year by the recession,” company president and CEO Steve Reynolds said in a news release. “We’re doing what we can to show our care and concern and hopefully brighten the holidays for our neighbors in need.”

All nonperishable food items collected by employees through mid-December will be delivered to community food banks.

PSE serves more than 1 million electric customers and nearly 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties.

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One Response to “PSE will donate food, funds to Issaquah pantry”

  1. Peter Barron on December 7th, 2009 9:30 am

    When a public utility donates to charity, aren’t they just spending captive rate-payers’ money? What their employees choose to do is fine. What a private company chooses to do is fine.

    But when a public utility spends resources, even on good charitable causes, they’re spending the money of their captive customers without consultation.

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