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NM Gas Co. donates $150K to NM food banks

Fresh veggies as seen on the home page of the NM Association of Food Banks. COURTESY IMAGE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Gas Company announced Tuesday a $150,000 donation to the New Mexico Association of Food Banks to support their hunger relief networks that are under stress due to the coronavirus crisis.

“We know food banks across the state have experienced fewer donations and increased demands on their services over the last week,” said company president Ryan Shell in a statement. “We believe this contribution will immediately assist New Mexicans who are struggling as a result of this significant disruption in all of our lives.”

The association represents five organizations that provide hunger relief services across the state including: Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, The Food Depot in Santa Fe, Echo Food Bank in Farmington, The Community Pantry in Gallup, and the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Clovis.

Association chair Sherry Hooper, noted “the generosity of New Mexico Gas Company makes” their common goal a tangible reality.

“The New Mexico Association of Food Banks is incredibly grateful to New

Mexico Gas Company for demonstrating such a commitment to those in need during these unprecedented times,” she said. “Their philanthropic leadership is an example to all.”

The gas company’s funding for New Mexico’s food banks comes from the $5 million Emera Economic Development Fund. The contribution comes from shareholder

investments and not customer rates, according to a news release.

The New Mexico Gas Company is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the state serving some 530,000 customers. It is a subsidiary of Canada-headquartered Emera Inc.

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