Food Bank for Larimer County Receives Energy Efficient Donation for Clients

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Platte River Power Authority has donated 425 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

Platte River staff and management were on hand Wednesday, October 3, 2007, to give clients of the Food Bank a CFL and to answer any questions they may have.

This effort is to make one of the energy efficiency programs that Platte River and its owner communities' utilities offer available to Food Bank clients. It also marks the kick-off of the Lighting With a Twist promotion that takes place in all four of Platte River's communities from now until December 15, or while supplies of CFLs last. Local retailers have signed up to participate, Platte River is providing funds to offset the cost of the energy efficient light bulbs and the local utilities (Estes Park Light & Power, Fort Collins Utilities, Loveland Water and Power and Longmont Power & Communications) are promoting the low cost of select bulbs.

The Food Bank for Larimer County ensures people who are otherwise unable to afford to eat have somewhere to get food. The Board of Directors of the Food Bank has recently dedicated efforts toward energy efficiency both for clients and the Food Bank itself.

"It's important that people of all income levels have the opportunity to save energy and money," said Brian Moeck, Platte River Power Authority general manager.

"We (Platte River) are proud to work with the Food Bank for Larimer County to distribute information about CFLs and give their clients an energy efficient light bulb," said Adam Perry, Platte River Power Authority energy services specialist.

"In addition to feeding the hungry, the Food Bank helps cut down on food waste in our community. The more food we collect from grocers and institutions means less food that ends up in the landfill. Providing a venue for our clients to receive energy efficient light bulbs is another way we can collaborate on environmental stewardship," said Amy Pezzani, executive director of the Food Bank for Larimer County.

Ms. Pezzani added, "Another benefit of the program is helping our clients stretch their very limited budgets."

About the Food Bank for Larimer County
The mission of the Food Bank for Larimer County is to reduce hunger through programs that collect, process, store and distribute food to individuals and in cooperation with agencies that serve those in need. In 2006, the Food Bank for Larimer County distributed 5 million pounds of food to at-risk individuals including single-parent families, the working poor, seniors, youth in crisis, the disabled and the homeless.

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