NRG Energy, based at 211 Carnegie Center, has awarded a $60,000 grant to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank to underwrite “Send Hunger Packing,” a child hunger program, for the 2013-’14 school year. The funding will enable the food bank to provide kid-friendly, nutritionally sound weekend meals to New Jersey children who face food insecurity at home. This fall the food bank will expand the Send Hunger Packing program from eight school sites to 12 sites and provide the weekend meal packs to more than 500 children.

NRG has supported the program since 2009, giving a total of $230,000 to this child hunger organization that targets at-risk children who live in homes where there is insufficient income or resources to adequately feed the family and food shortages often occur.

“We are proud to be a longstanding supporter of the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and to support the excellent work they do in combating child hunger in our area,” said Jennifer Brunelle, head of NRG Global Giving. “By investing in the Send Hunger Packing program, hundreds of New Jersey children who are at risk will have a better chance at living a healthy life, succeeding in school and maximizing their human potential.”

“We are deeply grateful for this award and NRG Energy’s longstanding support of Send Hunger Packing,” said Phyllis Stoolmacher, food bank director. “We know that hunger impedes a child’s ability to learn and the funding from NRG makes it possible for us to close meal gaps and ensure that these children come to school on Monday, nourished and ready to learn.”

Earlier this year NRG employees across the company raised $428,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. In 2012 NRG contributed $5.4 million and 17,000 volunteer hours to benefit about 700 charitable organizations that focus on fighting hunger, helping impoverished families and protecting the environment.

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