Throughout New England, the pandemic has hit local food pantries and soup kitchens hard. Unemployment rates are at record highs, increasing demand for resources. New Hampshire Food Bank has seen a 44% increase in requests compared to this time last year. Good Shepherd Food Bank is projecting that food insecurity in Maine could increase by as much 39 percent in 2020 due to COVID-19, depending on the sustained growth in rates of unemployment and poverty. This could mean as many as 240,000 Mainers will be struggling with hunger.
This month, ReVision Energy is donating over 12,000 meals to food pantries across Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. As a special incentive to customers, we are donating 100 additional meals for every residential contract and 500 additional meals for every commercial contract signed in the month of May, to help keep our employee-owners and union partners on the job as “essential workers” during the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression. We are also donating 50 meals for every new referral existing customers send our way!
ReVision Energy has a long history of working to bring cost-saving solar energy to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and low-income housing throughout New England. We have installed and financed dozens of solar arrays for public and low-income housing across the region and donated a solar array to the Cross Roads House shelter in Portsmouth, NH. Our employee-owners volunteer at local food banks regularly, and just this past Thursday we had 6 employee-owners volunteer for the Feed Maine telethon, which raised over $690,000 for Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is using solar power installed and financed by ReVision Energy at no interest to reduce energy costs and carbon pollution; this array is expected to save the organization more than $175,000 over the lifetime of the system. Claremont Soup Kitchen, in western NH, is also going solar this month. Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program, in Brunswick, ME, went solar in 2016; its array has offset 89,000 pounds of carbon pollution every year since then. Bread & Roses in Lawrence, MA has eliminated nearly 50,000 lbs. of carbon pollution since it went solar in 2018.
With this new donation plan in place for the month of May, committing to a clean energy project with ReVision Energy will help relieve COVID-related hunger while stimulating the local economy and protecting the environment.
To donate to Good Shepherd Food Bank: https://www.gsfb.org/get-involved/donate/
To donate to New Hampshire Food Bank: https://www.nhfoodbank.org/donation-hub/
To donate to Claremont Soup Kitchen: https://claremontsoupkitchen.com/support-us/
To donate to Friends of Mascoma: http://friendsofmascoma.org/friends-feeding-friends
To donate to Bread & Roses Food Pantry: http://www.breadandroseslawrence.org/donate.html