Union Gas Grant helps provide food to Sudbury families in need

$1,500 to Banque d'aliments Sudbury Food Bank

SUDBURY, ON, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Union Gas has provided Bank d'aliments Sudbury Food Bank (BDSFB) with a $1,500 donation to help the organization put food on the tables of families and individuals in need in the Greater Sudbury area.

Bart Bond, Union Gas utility service manager northeast district presented the cheque to Gerry Lougheed, chair of the Board of the Bank d'aliments Sudbury Food Bank, at the organization's warehouse in Sudbury.

"At Union Gas we are committed to being active members in the communities we serve and to working with our community partners to change the living conditions for individuals and families for the better," said Bond. "That's why we're so pleased to support Sudbury Food Bank and the work they do to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Sudbury."

BDSFB distributes food stocks and funds for fresh food supplies to emergency food and meal providers across the Greater Sudbury area.  BDSFB's member agencies extend as far as Espanola and Markstay, Capreol, Levack and Onaping along with areas such as Coniston, Garson, Hanmer, Chelmsford and Lively.  There are more than 30 agencies within the City of Greater Sudbury and in total BDSFB assists 45 frontline services for those in need.

"We are truly thankful to receive this donation to assist in feeding our regions' hungry," said Lougheen.  "We thank Union Gas for their ongoing support in the fight against hunger and their continuing support of programs in our local community."

Over the past 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, thousands of volunteer hours for community organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3 million to charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $900,000 to United Way. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Sudbury Food Bank

The BDSFB's mandate is that every dollar raised be translated into food on the table. The organization raises funds, which in turn are transferred to area food banks in the form of food credits at area food suppliers. In this way, every dollar contributed is directly translated into food on someone's table. In current years BDSFB has also undertaken to raise awareness and lend support to all of the organizations under its umbrella.

About Union Gas

Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers  for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2012, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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For further information:

Union Gas Limited 
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
Fax: 519 436-4621

Sudbury Food Bank
Dan Xilon
Ph:  705-671-9663

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