Press release: Monroe County Pantry 279 to hold ‘Duke Energy Cares’ community resource event on Feb. 7

Staff report written from press release

Bloomington, Indiana – February 5, 2024

Monroe County Pantry 279 to hold ‘Duke Energy Cares’ community resource event on Feb. 7

§  Duke Energy to help stock the pantry with enhanced food selection, local organizations to offer a wide range of resources and services

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Pantry 279 in Monroe County will hold a ‘Duke Energy Cares’ community resource event on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at 3609 State Road 46 in Bloomington. During the event, families and individuals in need will be able to access an enhanced selection of basic staples like food and clothing from the pantry, as well as resources and information about various programs and services available locally.

“We’re grateful for the support of Duke Energy as we work to serve those in need in our community,” said Cindy Chavez, director of Pantry 279. “We encourage local residents to join us for this event, meet face-to-face with those who are offering assistance, and get connected with available resources.”

Several community organizations will be on-site to offer a wide range of resources, services and information:

§  Access Wireless will provide free cellphones and service for qualifying customers through a government-funded program.

§  Hoosier Hills Food Bank will offer information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including eligibility and the application process.

§  The Monroe County Department of Public Health will offer a variety of testing and addiction services, and Indiana University (IU) Health will offer free blood pressure checks, flu vaccines and pregnancy assistance.

§  The South Central Community Action Program will offer information about its weatherization, child care and housing assistance programs.

§  The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology will offer access passes, which allow qualifying residents to receive admission to 24 cultural attractions and historic sites across the state for just $2 per family member per visit, for up to two adults and dependent youth living in the household.

The event is made possible through a $10,000 contribution from Duke Energy. The company will have representatives on-site to offer information on electric bill management programs, energy assistance funds and energy efficiency programs.

“Organizations like Pantry 279 provide critical support for residents in need across southern Indiana and we’re proud to support their work to make a difference in the lives of our customers,” said Liz Irwin, government and community relations manager at Duke Energy. “Whether you’re seeking assistance or curious about the services available, this event offers the chance to discover an array of resources available right here in our community.”

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,300 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 890,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.


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