PSEG Long Island Helps Energize Healthcare Heroes Self-Isolating at Ronald McDonald House
(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – June 1, 2020) PSEG Long Island recently donated a selection of snacks, protein bars, grab-and-go and prepared meals to healthcare heroes who are self-isolating at Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Metro (RMHC NYM) in New Hyde Park during the COVID-19 pandemic. By staying at the House, the medical professionals and hospital employees are able to keep their families at home safer from infection as they continue to work long hours caring for coronavirus patients. The snacks and easy-prep meals were requested by the group so they can get nourishment even with their busy schedules.
Since early April, PSEG Long Island has been providing dinners, lunches and breakfasts to daytime and overnight staff caring for COVID-19 patients at many hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities across Long Island. Frequently uplifting thank you notes from its employees are sent with the meals. To date, more than 400 meals have been provided at nearly 20 facilities from the Hamptons to Queens. The healthcare workers are most appreciative and often send their return thanks with photos of them with the meals.
“Normally during this time of the year, you can find our employees in bright orange T-shirts, gardening for Island Harvest, walking in the March of Dimes March for Babies, and participating in dozens of other community service events and activities,” said Janeen Johnson, PSEG Long Island’s manager of Diversity & Inclusion. “When the pandemic hit, our Diversity & Inclusion Council and employee business resource groups reflected on our commitment to community service and quickly found ways, such as these meal donations, to continue helping our neighbors while socially distancing.”
Along with the food donations for healthcare heroes, PSEG Long Island has provided additional support for its customers:
- The PSEG Foundation, provided Island Harvest Food Bank with a $45,000 grant to reduce food insecurity during the pandemic.
- The PSEG Foundation gave a $25,000 grant to United Way of Long Island’s UNITED TOGETHER: A Response Fund for COVID-19. The money will help alleviate disruptions to family life by providing eligible applicants with critical basic needs of food and household supplies.
- The PSEG Foundation is supporting the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island’s Disaster Relief Coalition with a $25,000 grant to address critical needs of children and families.
- Crews made emergency upgrades to electric service at hospitals to power temporary facilities for additional patients requiring care.
- PSEG Long Island has temporarily suspended electric service shut-offs to residential and business customers for non-payment.
PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves by actively supporting hundreds of local charity events each year through the company’s Community Partnership Program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the safety of our employees and customers, hands-on community service has been temporarily suspended. However, last year, PSEG Long Island employees logged an unprecedented 30,000 service hours at 1,045 fundraising and community events, supporting more than 500 organizations. For more information on how PSEG Long Island supports the communities it serves, visit https://www.psegliny.com/community.
Photo Caption: Employees of Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Metro (RMHC NYM), in New Hyde Park sort through the snacks and other grab-and-go food donated by PSEG Long Island for healthcare workers living at the facility. The groceries were provided to support nurses, doctors and other medical staff who are self-isolating from their families to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.