7/25/2019
PSO JOINS WITH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA TO "SHINE A LIGHT" ON OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (Food Bank) are teaming up to distribute 65,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs to Tulsa area and northeastern Oklahoma families in need.

Since 2014, PSO and the Food Bank have worked together to coordinate the distribution of energy-efficient bulbs as part of PSO’s Shine A Light project. To date, nearly 300,000 northeastern Oklahoma households have received the free light bulbs.

PSO also coordinates with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in McAlester and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City to provide bulbs outside of northeastern Oklahoma. To date, this combined effort has resulted in the distribution of 450,000 bulbs in PSO-served areas across the state.

This year, delivery of 100,000 LEDs to the food banks began in early July. The food banks are now distributing the bulbs through their networks of partner agencies.

“We know that families in need are often forced to make difficult decisions and food dollars sometimes get cut in order to cover other life expenses,” said Jeff Brown, PSO Consumer Programs manager. “Through the Shine A Light Project, we can provide our neighbors ways to save energy and lower costs.”

Research shows that up to three-quarters of clients served by Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma report having to choose between paying their utility bills and paying for food.

“Food insecurity isn’t something that happens to a family in isolation, it’s often part of a larger constellation of issues impacting poverty and health,” stated Eileen Bradshaw, executive director for Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “This gift from PSO takes those issues into consideration and helps reduce costs for the families we serve. We are grateful for this generous donation and proud to partner with PSO in order to distribute these low energy lights through our network of agencies.”

LED Savings Facts

• LEDs last 15 to 25 times as long as many incandescent bulbs. That’s 15,000 hours or more!

• You can save up to $45 or more per year off your energy bills by replacing just five of your home’s most used lights with LEDs that have earned ENERGY STAR® certification.

• LED bulbs may be used in directional lighting, spotlighting, track lighting and dimming applications.

• PSO offers instant discounts on select LED bulbs at participating retailers. A list of the participating retailers is at http://www.powerforwardwithpso.com/my-community/shine-a-light.

• Customers shopping at those retailers can look for the “Instant Savings” sticker and then purchase one, or several, discounted LEDs.

 

About the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Founded in 1981, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is one of the largest, private hunger-relief organizations in Oklahoma. With branches in Tulsa and McAlester, it distributes food to people in need through 720 programs and Partner Agencies in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. Feeding programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child feeding programs, senior feeding programs, and veteran’s initiatives. In addition, the Food Bank helps raise public awareness about hunger and the role of food banking in alleviating hunger. For more information, visit okfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okfoodbank or follow us on Twitter @okfoodbank.org and Instagram @okfoodbank.org.

About PSO

Public Service Company of Oklahoma, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 550,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO has approximately 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity and is a major distributor of wind energy in the state. News releases, community & educational activities and other information is at www.PSOklahoma.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PSOklahoma.

 

 

 

 

Stan Whiteford
PSO Corporate Communications
(918) 599-2574
sawhiteford@aep.com

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