CUMBERLAND, Va. -- More than 1,300 Virginians got a proper Thanksgiving meal this season as the result of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Community Investment Program.
Sarah Perkinson, state and local affairs director for Dominion Energy, one of the partners building the 600-mile pipeline, said ACP volunteers delivered food last week to organizations in rural Cumberland and Nottoway counties. Both counties have suffered population losses over the years, but hope to see new vitality as a result of the pipeline development.
“Thank you to the team for coming up with the idea, assisting with locating the communities in need, andr assisting in moving over 4,500 pounds of food. The ACP Community Investment Program is a critical a part of serving and investing in the communities where we live and work” said Perkinson, who worked with the team to deliver the food on Monday, Nov. 19.
Perkinson and Gillett helped deliver 100 prepared dinner packages provided by Richmond-based Ukrop Food Group to Cumberland Community Cares in Cumberland, Virginia. ACP volunteers also donated hams.
In all, the dinner packages fed about 800 people, Perkinson said. Community Cares staff told her the organization might have run short on helping those in need without the assistance.
Another 50 meal packages supplied by Cracker Barrel also were delivered to Nottoway County Family Services in Nottoway, Virginia, Perkinson said. The county is so small and isolated that it doesn’t have a true food bank—and the ACP was the only organization to call Family Services this year offering support. About 500 people in Nottoway ate because of the donations.