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CenterPoint Energy employees donate thousands to Minnesota food shelves to fight hunger
Help open new food pantry in Rockford
Rockford Food Shelf

MINNEAPOLIS - May 24, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy employees recently focused their efforts on the fight against hunger in Minnesota by donating nearly $17,000 to help open a new food shelf in Rockford and collecting and delivering more than 900 pounds of food to MNFood Share.

"The 2010 Minnesota Food Share March campaign was a tremendous success and largely in part to the compassion demonstrated by our volunteers including CenterPoint Energy employees," remarked Sue Kainz, MNFood Share campaign coordinator at a luncheon recognizing special partners. "We appreciate the working partnership we've enjoyed over the past seven years with CenterPoint Energy. We are thankful to have a dedicated partner that is re-defining community involvement by helping in the fight against hunger and providing information to over 300 food shelves in Minnesota about ways struggling families can obtain energy assistance."

CenterPoint Energy employees kicked off a month long food drive campaign by joining efforts with the RiverWorks Community to open and supply a new food shelf in Rockford. Company employees, led by Joe Vortherms, Home Service Plus director, presented the RiverWorks Food Shelf with an $8,000 donation for a new heating and cooling system for the facility and $500 to purchase food. Additionally many technicians, crews and office employees collected food and monetary donations for MNFoodShare.

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CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit