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Ventura, CA, United States, 2009/08/11 - The Sempra Energy Foundation, founded by Sempra Energy, recently extended a $7,500 grant to FOOD Share to support the 4th Annual Harbor Lights Summer Sprint Series, of which the local nonprofit was a beneficiary.
Each Thursday evening, from July 2 through August 6, the local community was invited to participate in a series of family activities and athletic events including 5K runs or walks, aquathons and half-mile swims. Booths promoting healthy lifestyles and featuring live entertainment also were part of the programming.
“The past six weeks have been a great experience for our staff and volunteers at FOOD Share, said Bonnie Weigel, CEO. “We cannot thank the Sempra Energy Foundation enough for sponsoring this weekly community event, and for helping to relay the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.”
“Sempra Energy Foundation has three priorities to help our local communities,” said Michele Pettes, Public Affairs Manager Ventura County, Southern California Gas Company. “Helping people in need, helping the environment, and helping children.”
Pettes said the foundation supports endeavors to promote health and wellness in the community.
“Harbor Lights was a perfect forum to highlight healthier life choices while also focusing on initiatives led by larger organizations and corporations, such as FOOD Share,” she said. “FOOD Share is a cornerstone to our community and we need to continue supporting its mission to feed our friends and neighbors.”
About FOOD Share
A major food bank distributing millions of pounds of food each year to those in need throughout Ventura County, FOOD Share (foodshare.com) collects and receives food year-round, distributing to more than 150 partner agencies throughout Ventura County.
Its Brown Bag and Snack Attack programs provide supplemental nutrition to nearly 2,000 low income seniors through 31 agencies and healthy nutritious after school snacks to approximately 2,400 children though 12 agencies countywide and provides food to more than 42,000 people each month. Information call (805) 983-7100.
About the Sempra Energy Foundation
The Sempra Energy Foundation (sempra.com) is a 501(c)(3) private foundation based in San Diego, California, USA. The foundation was founded by Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 energy services company that serves the largest customer base of any energy utility in the United States. With 13,600 employees worldwide, the Sempra Energy companies develop energy infrastructure, operate utilities, and provide related products and services to more than 24 million consumers worldwide.