Year ends with food bank donations

CHARLESTON - Year-end contributions from Appalachian Power have pumped $50,000 into food banks across West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee just at the time of year when they need it most. 

  The donations are going to 16 food banks and feeding centers, helping them get fully stocked for the high-use winter season.   


Food Banks Receiving Contributions from Appalachian Power 

Feeding America NE TN $5,000 

Feeding America SWVA Abingdon $5,000 

Feeding America SWVA Salem $5,000 

Grace Network of Martinsville-Henry County $2,000 

Henry County Food Pantry $1,500 

Lynchburg Grows $5,000 

Patrick County Food Bank $1,500 

Beckley Dream Center, Inc. $1,500 

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center $3,000 

Fayette County Emergency Food Assistance Center $1,500 

Five Loaves & Two Fishes $1,500 

Hungry Lamb Food Initiative $1,500 

Huntington City Mission $10,000 

Mingo County House of Hope $3,000 

Salvation Army Bluefield $1,500 

Salvation Army Princeton $1,500 

Total $50,000 


“Food pantries provide essential access to nutritious food for families in need,” said Appalachian Power President and COO Chris Beam. “At Appalachian Power, we’re grateful to these organizations for the work they do in our communities, and honored to be able to support them in fighting hunger.” 

In addition to Appalachian Power’s year-end contributions, two gifts from the AEP Foundation earlier this year also supported food donations. The AEP Foundation gave Mountaineer Food Bank a $25,000 grant for its program providing fresh fruits and vegetables throughout southern West Virginia. Plus, it awarded $15,000 to Kanawha Valley Senior Services in West Virginia for its meal delivery program. 

Appalachian Power has one million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is part of American Electric Power, which is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP is also one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy.