LAWTON, Oklahoma (January 13, 2023) – On December 20, 2022 Summit Utilities Oklahoma (Summit) committed to supporting the Oklahomans with hunger relief with a $5,000 donation to the Lawton Food Bank. This donation will help fund the Lawton Food Bank’s mission to provide kid-friendly food to children in the area that are facing food insecurity while school is out for the holiday break.
In addition to the $5,000 charitable donation to the Lawton Food Bank, Summit also donated approximately $1,000 worth of non-perishable, kid-friendly, food items in support of the Lawton Food Bank’s food drive.
As a community-oriented company, Summit strives to be a good community partner and neighbor. Summit’s steadfast commitment to safety for the communities we serve makes giving to the Lawton Food Bank ideal. Summit is honored to be a part of the mission of this non-profit, helping people address their greatest needs.
"Summit is honored to be the natural gas provider offering safe, reliable, and affordable energy solutions to the residents of the state of Oklahoma” said Keith Thomas, Director of Operations for Summit Utilities Oklahoma. “We believe in being a good friend and neighbor, which means supporting the communities we serve. That's why this holiday season, we're passionate about giving back to the communities we serve. We're proud to help make a difference by donating $5,000 to the Lawton Food Bank.”
In addition to supporting community causes, Summit also provides members of its team with up to 20 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer in the communities it serves.
About the Lawton Food Bank:
The Lawton Food Bank was established on August 1, 1985, by Carter and Marilyn Crane. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a proud partner agency of the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
The Lawton Food Bank provides food and other items to low-income residents of southwest Oklahoma. In 2021, the Lawton Food Bank gave 879,180 pounds of food to 16,993 families. It has also provided 204 boxes to prequalified seniors each month.
Learn more about the Lawton Food Bank here.
Background on Summit Utilities, Inc.’s Recent Acquisition:
Summit Utilities Inc. (SUI) 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, SUI 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 SUI’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, SUI entities serve approximately 625,000 customers and operate more than 23,400 miles of pipeline.