Atmos Energy Partners with Nonprofit to Fight Hunger in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Atmos Energy and the nonprofit Extra Table of Mississippi are teaming up in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to fight hunger in the state.

Every day for the next two weeks, thousands of healthy snacks will be delivered to Extra Table partner pantries and soup kitchens. This partnership will ensure that children have appropriate “fuels” for their growth and development.

Extra Table purchased healthy snack packs with a grant from Atmos Energy, so children always start the day with a nutritious breakfast even when they are out of school during holidays, long weekends -ends or spring break. Some schools are also holding classes virtually, and Extra Table is giving kids something to eat at home. The snack pack contains two cereals and one fruit for nutrition facts, including a Cheerios type cereal, apple juice and honey graham crackers.

“Food is a child’s most basic need. If a child is hungry, they don’t focus on school, studies, sports or friendships,” said Robert St. John, founder of Extra Table. “All he or she thinks about is when and where they will have their next meal, and maybe if that meal will come. That’s why we do what we do at Extra Table.

“Food is a basic human right and in the world’s richest country and most hospitable state, everyone should have something to eat,” said Martha Allen, executive director of Extra Table. “Partnering with Atmos Energy to power our children just makes sense!”

Atmos Energy Corporation has partnered with Extra Table on several Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities projects, donating approximately $55,000 to Extra Table over the past two years.

“The holiday honoring Dr. King is a day of service dedicated to giving back,” said Bobby Morgan, vice president of public affairs for Atmos Energy. “Working with Extra Table to provide meals for young people is a great way to give back to the communities we serve.”

The Mississippi Public Service Commission encourages utilities such as Atmos Energy to partner with nonprofit organizations to benefit the people of the state.

Vulnerable households will also have access to funds through local energy assistance agencies that provide assistance with utility bills, weather protection, customer natural gas line repairs and repairs. and replacements of natural gas appliances.

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