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PG&E grants Second Harvest $10K for disaster readiness

Posted: Monday, Nov 11th, 2013


Pacific Gas and Electric Company donated $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank Thursday. Attending the presentation was Steve Bennett, Second Harvest development director (from left), Lindsey Miller, PG&E community relations, Rob Morse, energy solutions and service manager for PG&E, Willy Elliott-McCrea, chief executive officer of Second Harvest, Dawn Mathis, PG&E government relations, and Lowell Hurst, Watsonville mayor. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)


WATSONVILLE When a disaster does occur, a grant of $10,000 by Pacific Gas and Electric Company to Second Harvest Food Bank will help the nonprofit provide meals to those affected.

The grant was presented to Second Harvest during a check passing event Thursday.

"It allows us to get ready for the emergencies and disasters that take place all year long," said Willy Elliott-McCrea, chief executive officer of Second Harvest.

The funds, along with the donations and cans gathered by PG&E employees, will provide more than 40,000 meals and other emergency supplies such as bottled water.

The partnership between the two stems from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, when PG&E donated $25,000 to Second Harvest to help them assist those who were hit hard.

"It gave us the confidence to do whatever it takes," Elliott-McCrea said. "From that day to this day, PG&E has always been with us."

Rob Morse, energy solutions and service manager for PG&E, said the partnership helps residents be aware of PG&E's emergency preparedness programs.

"It's a great partnership," he said.

Beyond the grant, PG&E also gives back to the community through its annual Campaign for the Community, which last year donated more than $6 million to nonprofits in California, said spokeswoman Lindsey Miller.

Watsonville Mayor Lowell Hurst attended Thursday's event.

"Every day in Watsonville is a crisis for someone," he said, adding that it could be personal, medical, financial or other type of crisis. "We have no idea when a disaster will occur."

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