NRG donates land to food bank program
VIENNA — On Monday, June 20, the Maryland Food Bank announced NRG, a Fortune 200 company and the leading integrated power company in the U.S., is donating the use of approximately 3.5 acres of land at its Vienna plant to support the food bank’s Farm to Food Bank program.
The land will be harvested and managed by Black Gold Farms, an existing partner in the food bank’s Farm to Food Bank program. The program engages a network of farms across the state in a partnership to provide hungry Marylanders with fresh, local produce. Through a combination of contract growing, field gleanings and donations, these farms help the Maryland Food Bank supply nutritious food to food-insecure communities across the state.
“We’re proud to support the Maryland Food Bank’s Farm to Food Bank program. NRG has a strong, company-wide commitment to support the communities where we live and work, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than to invest in a partnership that not only makes sense, but makes a difference in relieving hunger,” said NRG Vienna Station General Manager Jack Grant.
Fruits and vegetables sourced through the Farm to Food Bank program are a critical resource to the nearly 1 in 8 Marylanders who face food insecurity each year. Once harvested, the Maryland Food Bank mobilizes partners and internal programs to ensure produce gets to hungry Marylanders while it’s still fresh. The food bank distributes fresh produce to a network of more than 1,250 soup kitchens, schools pantries and shelters, as well as through its Pantry on the Go Program, which coordinates temporary food distribution sites in rural, urban and suburban areas.
Fresh produce harvested through Farm to Food Bank is also a critical component of the Maryland Food Bank’s culinary training program, FoodWorks, where students incorporate produce into prepackaged meals for hungry Marylanders.
“The food bank is incredibly grateful to NRG for this generous donation of land to support our Farm to Food Bank program, and to Black Gold Farms for their commitment to farm the land,” said Beth Martino, Maryland Food Bank president and CEO. “Meaningful partnerships like this will help us continue to provide food across the state, serving more than 44 million meals per year. We are grateful to partners like NRG that are interested in implementing common sense solutions to tackle challenges like food insecurity.”
To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank and its programs, visit www.md foodbank.org.
NRG in Vienna will be donating 3.5 acres of land at its Vienna plant to Maryland Food Bank’s Farm to Food Bank program.