Calling all Long Island employees to help our communities

Kathy Wisnewski, National Grid Manager of Customer & Community for Long Island, has a passion for helping people. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she and members of the Long Island Customer and Community Management team delivered 1,600 meal donations to frontline heroes in our hardest hit communities on Long Island.  

Kathy is also a board member of Vision Long Island. For more than 20 years, Vision Long Island has counseled downtown Villages and Towns and has been a resource for the Long Island, the State and the Federal government, as well as the business and civic community on downtown revitalization, planning and infrastructure. In response to Covid-19, the organization has been working closely with PinkTie, a charitable fundraising organization to deliver food to pantries across Long Island through a new program, called PinkTie Delivers.  

The volunteers pick up food and essential supplies from doorstep donations to help feed the hungry in Long Island communities. To date, the organization has picked-up, dropped-off and delivered more than 50,000 pounds of food to over 50 local food pantries across Long Island. 

Keith Rooney, National Grid Director of Customer & Community and Government Relations is excited about this partnership with Vision Long Island and PinkTie. “As a result of Covid-19, many families are experiencing food insecurities. This food donation program is vital to the wellbeing of our communities and anything we can do to help fill the pantries is a win-win.”  

Here’s where you come in … (your family and friends can help as well).

All it takes is filling, at minimum, one shopping bag with food and/or supplies to make a difference and clearly marking the bag with “National Grid.”  Here are the details of how you can help.  

  • Text 631-397-1234 with your name, company (National Grid), home address and pickup time   
  • Pick up times are Tuesday through Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
  • Donations should be at minimum one shopping bag worth of items. Make sure to write ‘National Grid’ on the bag
  • Suggested items are canned goods (fruits and veggies), soups, pasta, sauce, rice, canned beans, shelf stable milk, shelf stable juice, baby formula, diapers, sanitary needs, cooking containers, cleaning supplies, masks, gloves, sanitizer, books for kids, school supplies, etc.  

“No one should have to choose between paying rent or purchasing food for themselves or their family, and COVID-19 has forced many New Yorkers into unimaginable financial situations,” said Daniella Decker, PinkTie Director of Strategic Communications, Social Impact & Philanthropy. “More than 1.8 million New Yorkers have applied for unemployment. Right now, PinkTie is addressing a looming food crisis. Doorstep Donors from National Grid will help us secure a sustainable food system for people and communities in need. We are tremendously grateful for their support.”

For more information, contact Alanna Russo at Alanna.Russo@nationalgrid.com

Lauren Perry of the Long Island Customer & Community team has her bags ready for pickup

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