The Duke Energy Foundation announced on Tuesday, May 5, that it will donate $150,000 to assist low-income customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bills under the strains of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approximately 550 households will benefit from the foundation’s Energy Neighbor Fund and Share the Warmth programs that were gifted the donation.
“The pandemic has put a financial strain on many utility customers across the state,” said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president, in a release. “We are determined to help our neighbors in South Carolina through these challenging times.”
The Duke Energy Foundation already announced an initial $1.3 million in support of COVID-19 relief across the regions the energy company is present in, which includes $250,000 to help hunger relief and health and human services nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, according to the foundation. The new donation means that the foundation has contributed more than $400,000 in COVID-19 aid to the state.