American Water & American Water Charitable Foundation As well As Essential Utilities Inc. to Donate Money as Part of COVID-19 Response

Apr 17, 2020

American Water, the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, and the American Water Charitable Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to Feeding America to help food banks across the country support individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). --- Essential Utilities Inc. announced that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company will donate $290,000 to numerous food banks throughout the 10-state footprint where its Aqua water utilities and Peoples natural gas utilities serve customers.

American Water & American Water Charitable Foundation Provide $100,000 to Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund

“With the COVID-19 virus impacting our country nationwide, American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation are proud to help support Feeding America’s food banks during this unprecedented time in our country," said Walter Lynch, chief operating officer, American Water.

"We understand how critical life's necessities, like clean, safe water, are in our daily lives and in times of emergencies, and we hope this contribution can provide much needed assistance in communities throughout the country to help feed people affected by this virus."

“Giving back to the communities we serve is part of the culture at American Water and we are pleased to join forces and stand beside others who are doing their part to care for one another,” said Carrie Williams, president, American Water Charitable Foundation.

Utilizing Feeding America’s network of agencies, American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation will help food banks secure the resources they need to serve those impacted by COVID-19. As Feeding America continues to pack and distribute meals to people in need, the importance of ensuring food pantry and meal program availability has never been more crucial.

“We are grateful for the support of American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation,” said Dan Nisbet, vice president of development, Feeding America. “The Feeding America network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors - children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions - throughout our nation during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your support and confidence in our work.”

Funding provided by American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Disaster Relief Grant Program was directed to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. For every dollar donated, Feeding America helps secure and distribute 12 pounds of food – the equivalent of 10 meals – through its nationwide network of food banks.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.

About the American Water Charitable Foundation
The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofit endeavors.

Essential Utilities Inc. to Donate $290,000 to Food Banks as Part of COVID-19 Response

“As we continue to provide essential services through this difficult time, we also know the needs that exist as many people struggle through a challenging economic situation. We hope that these donations can provide further assistance and make a local impact to areas in need at the time it’s needed most,” said Essential Chairman and CEO Christopher Franklin.

The company will focus its funding on areas served by both Aqua and Peoples, including The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, multiple food banks in southeastern Pennsylvania and at least one food bank in each of the other nine states where Essential’s utilities serve customers.

“Leaders within our Aqua and Peoples utilities are focused on ensuring these funds make a local impact in the communities we serve,” Franklin added.

Essential reminds customers of Aqua and Peoples that there are assistance programs available to help those having trouble with their utility bills. If you or someone you know is an Aqua or Peoples residential utility customer in need of assistance, please call 877.987.2782 or email for Aqua or call 1.800.764.0111 or email for Peoples.

About Peoples

Peoples is an energy provider serving approximately 740,000 homes and business in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. The company’s mission is to improve the lives of its customers and to help build long-term economic growth for the regions it serves. For more information about Peoples, visit

About Essential
Essential is one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people across 10 states under the Aqua and Peoples brands. Essential is committed to excellence in proactive infrastructure investment, regulatory expertise, operational efficiency and environmental stewardship. The company recognizes the importance water and natural gas play in everyday life and is proud to deliver safe, reliable services that contribute to the quality of life in the communities it serves. For more information, visit


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