LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (November 17, 2022) –Summit Utilities Arkansas (Summit) was honored with the award of “Outstanding Volunteer Group” from the Texarkana Harvest Regional Food Bank. The award was bestowed upon Summit for its outstanding commitment and dedication to the Texarkana community throughout 2022.
Summit committed 36 service area team members to work the regional food pantry every other Thursday throughout the year. They prepared food boxes that were sent out to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and schools across 10 counties in southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas.
“It’s no surprise to anyone that the last couple of years have been challenging for our communities and the need for nonprofit services has soared,” said Greg Strickland, Director of Operations at Summit. “That’s why receiving this honor is so humbling for our team of dedicated volunteers. They’ve donated their time and faced these challenges head on. We sincerely hope we were able to make a significant impact on the lives of the customers and communities we serve.”
Summit provides members of its team up to 20 hours annually of paid time off to volunteer in the communities it serves.
About the Harvest Regional Food Bank:
Our mission is to alleviate hunger in southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas through food distribution and education. We aim to create a hunger-free community and believe that service to others is fundamental to creating that. With dedicated shipping docks, frozen storage capacity, shelving areas for food drive donations and a designated backpack packing area, we serve with compassion and responsiveness to meet the needs of those with whom we work - internally and externally. The better we serve, the more people we bring together in commitment to our vision!
Background on Summit Utilities, Inc.’s Recent Acquisition:
Summit finalized its acquisition of CenterPoint Energy’s distribution assets in Arkansas, Oklahoma and the Texarkana, Texas area on January 10, 2022. The gas distribution systems included in the transaction serve approximately 525,000 customers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, and include 17,000 miles of gas main pipeline across those three states. As part of the acquisition, Summit has welcomed nearly 600 CenterPoint team members to the company.
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Background on Summit Utilities, Inc.
Summit Utilities, Inc. owns natural gas distribution and transmission subsidiaries that operate in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company provides safe, clean and affordable natural gas to businesses and residents in six states through Arkansas Oklahoma Gas, Colorado Natural Gas, Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Summit Utilities Arkansas, and Summit Utilities Oklahoma. Each of Summit’s natural gas distribution and transmission subsidiaries constructs and installs natural gas distribution systems with the goal of supporting economic development by providing clean-burning, safe and reliable natural gas to residential and commercial customers through exceptional customer service and commitment to community. Overall, Summit entities serve approximately 625,000 customers and operate more than 23,400 miles of pipeline.