The Lowcountry Food Bank Receives $10,000 Grant from Dominion Energy to fund BackPack Buddies Program

Charleston, SC - October 31, 2018 - The Lowcountry Food Bank today announced a $10,000 grant from Dominion Energy to fund its BackPack Buddies program, which will provide 4,121 weekend backpacks of nutritious food to children throughout the Lowcountry.

The BackPack Buddies program helps alleviate weekend hunger among food-insecure public school children by distributing backpacks full of nutritious and kid-friendly food each Friday during the school year. The Lowcountry Food Bank works closely with its partner schools to identify the most chronically food-insecure children.

"Dominion Energy's donation makes such a positive impact to alleviate childhood hunger in the Lowcountry," said Lowcountry Food Bank CEO and President Pat Walker. "The Lowcountry Food Bank distributed 153,036 packs to almost 4,000 children last year at 49 school sites," said Walker. "The BackPack Buddies program is integral to our mission of alleviating childhood hunger in coastal South Carolina."

Dominion Energy awards grants to nonprofit organizations across the company's footprint that meet critical community needs. These grants are designed to support organizations that provide greater stability and a better life for people in need. Priority is given to organizations that

meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality.

"Dominion Energy is committed to supporting community partners meeting basic human needs including shelter, medical care, and nutritious meals," said Kristen Beckham, external affairs representative for Dominion Energy. "By supporting the Lowcountry Food Bank's BackPack Buddies weekend hunger-relief program, we can help children get the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. It is wonderful to be able to support organizations that are improving lives and building greater stability in the places we call home."

To learn more about what the Lowcountry Food Bank is doing to fight hunger, visit

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About the Lowcountry Food Bank: Feed. Advocate. Empower.

The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 28 million pounds of food in 2017. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 300 partner agencies including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of the hungry and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information go to and connect with us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

About Dominion Energy

Nearly six million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with over $75 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services. As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 50 percent by 2030. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion Energy contributes more than $20 million annually to the communities it serves and actively supports veterans and their families. Please visit, Facebook or Twitter to learn more. Or, to find out about Dominion Energy's proposed merger with SCANA, visit

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