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For Immediate Release:

October 23, 2022

Media contact:
Maureen Moore
Communications Manager


STATESVILLE, N.C. – The EnergyUnited Foundation has donated $10,000 to Hearts and Hands Food Pantry of Huntersville to provide support for the purchase of additional refrigeration and freezing equipment and for the bulk purchase of food.

Hearts and Hands Food Pantry was co-founded by Sandra Marks and Kenya Joseph to address food insecurity in their community. Initially, Sandra and Kenya served the community by collecting coupons to purchase food for needy individuals and families at a reduced price. This passion and service eventually inspired the mother-daughter team to establish a food pantry.

“We are thankful for each opportunity to serve our community and to work with partners such as the EnergyUnited Foundation,” Joseph said. “This donation will allow us to serve and store food for more clients in Mecklenburg County.”

“The EnergyUnited Foundation has proudly supported dozens of nonprofit organizations in an effort to meet the various needs that exist within the cooperative’s 19-county service area,” said Debra Citta, administrator of the EnergyUnited Foundation. “Food pantries like Hearts and Hands are vital lifelines for individuals who are facing financial hardship and we are very thankful for their continual contributions within the communities that we serve.”

The EnergyUnited Foundation is a voluntary, member-funded non-profit organization supported by EnergyUnited’s Operation Round-Up program. Nearly 90,000 EnergyUnited members choose to participate in the program by ‘rounding up’ their electric bills each month. The maximum monthly contribution for an individual member with one account is 99 cents. Each of these small contributions are pooled together in a single fund managed by the EnergyUnited Foundation to support needy individuals, families, and essential nonprofit organizations that complete an application explaining the reason and purpose for their requested grant.

About EnergyUnited
EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is the largest electric cooperative in North Carolina serving more than 135,000 metering points. Headquartered in Statesville, EnergyUnited provides electric service in portions of nineteen counties in west central North Carolina which include Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin. Visit to learn more about the cooperative’s energy services and community programs.

From left to right: Maureen Moore, communications manager for EnergyUnited; Sandra Marks, co-founder of Hearts and Hands Food Pantry; Kenya Jospeh, co-founder of Hearts and Hands Food Pantry and Debra Citta, administrator of the EnergyUnited Foundation.

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