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Employees give back to communities with food baskets


Jackson Energy employees kicked off the holiday season by filling Thanksgiving food baskets as they ended a day of training in early November.

The employees donated items to assemble 150 food baskets that were distributed throughout the region. Leftover items were donated to the Good Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in London.

“This is our way of helping needy families in the communities we serve during the holiday season,” said Jackson Energy President & CEO Carol Wright.

Baskets were assembled during an all-employee meeting held at the London District Office. Administrative Assistant Lisa Baker coordinated the drive, and an assembly line of food, baskets and trimmings ringed the Jackson Energy meeting room. Employees began with an empty basket at one end of the line and finished with a holiday gift at the other end. Canned vegetables, boxes of brownie mix, macaroni & cheese, packs of instant potatoes and canned hams were added to the baskets as employees moved from table to table.

Before being lined in rows for final distribution, each basket was placed in a cellophane bag that included a note wishing the family a blessed Thanksgiving and a bow was added to the top. Baskets were donated to food banks and other organizations in each of the seven primary counties served by Jackson Energy – Clay, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Lee, Owsley and Rockcastle.

Organizations receiving the baskets included the Jackson County Food Bank in McKee, Christian Appalachian Project in Mt. Vernon, Come-Unity Cooperative Care in London, the Clay County Cancer Coalition in Manchester, the Owsley County Family Resource Center in Booneville, the Kentucky Mountain Mission in Beattyville and the Estill County Food Bank in Irvine.

“We call this our ‘giving back’ project,” Baker said, adding that the food drive went so well that employees are now gathering toys to distribute to school Family Resource Centers.