$10K Grant from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Supports Year-Round Food Access Program

$10K Grant from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Supports Year-Round Food Access Program

Grove Christian Outreach Center (GCOC), a nonprofit providing assistance to individuals and families in need in the Grove area of lower James City County, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Energy. The funds will support the Grove Community Food Access Program, which will offer year-round access to nutritional food for seniors, families and children in the organization's service area.

According to Pat McCormick, executive director of GCOC, more than 450 families representing about 1,525 individuals will be served by this food distribution program. "A new component of our program will be to partner with area nonprofits, churches and businesses to provide rides on our distribution days to clients who do not have any means of transportation," she said. "We are very appreciative of this significant show of support from Dominion Energy. It will have a positive impact on the lives of some vulnerable members of our local community." More information about the organization can be found at groveoutreach.com

Melanie Rapp Beale, external affairs manager in Dominion Energy's eastern region and GCOC board member, commented, "Our grant team was very impressed by the scope of GCOC's 12-month food distribution program, which includes a weekly community food distribution, regular visits to a food pantry and children's summer lunch program just to name a few of the activities. We were very pleased to support such a worthy program that reduces hunger and food insecurity for those who are struggling to afford the basics needed for a secure, healthy and productive life."

As part of its ongoing commitment to communities, Dominion Energy launched the new year with more than $1 million in Critical Community Needs grants to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across the company's footprint. Donations were shared by 161 nonprofit organizations providing critical community services in 11 states. For more information, visit dominionenergy.com.

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