Vistra (NYSE: VST) today announced the culmination of company-wide involvement in Hunger Action Month, resulting in more than $250,000 in donations to food banks in communities where it operates. The company understands that the number of Americans experiencing hunger continues to surge with the ongoing pandemic. This grim reality is confirmed by new research from Northwestern University, which says food insecurity has now doubled from before the pandemic.
“In the span of just six months, we’ve seen families hit hard by the economic blows of COVID-19, leaving many to rely on community food banks for their next meal,” said Curt Morgan, president and CEO of Vistra. “During this time, our company is committed to being part of the solution. Vistra is proud to partner with the food banks that are working tirelessly, and under increased pressure, to meet unprecedented need in our communities.”
“Nearly 50% of clients we’ve served since the pandemic struck had never used a food bank before, and never thought they would,” said Stephen J.C. Raeside, executive vice president of development at the Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Vistra’s sustained partnership through this unprecedented period has been crucial in helping us scale up to meet soaring need.”
This September, Vistra distributed more than $250,000 in Hunger Action Month donations through its family of brands in the communities where the company operates and serves customers:
In total, 25 food banks and non-profits received funding through Vistra’s commitment to Hunger Action Month and its pledge to support the communities it serves during the ongoing pandemic.