Antero Resources “Honors Hunger Fighters,” Donates Tens of Thousands to Local Food Banks
The giving was only part of an incredible commitment to philanthropy, with charitable donations topping $350,000 annually. Ohio’s Utica producer, Antero Resources brought together 16 different groups from the company’s operating counties in southeastern Ohio to celebrate the work they do in the community. As Misty Decker, Executive Director Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio stated at the Marietta, Ohio event:
“It’s a different experience to have a company seek us out for a donation. It is nice to be recognized. We don’t realize sometimes the light that we are to our own clients on a daily basis.” (emphasis added)
Caption: Ohio food banks receive $13,000 check from Antero Resources.
Caption: West Virginia food banks receive $18,000 check from Antero Resources.
The CEO of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble (GMN) Tri-County Community Action echoed these sentiments stating,
“I am supportive of the work Antero is doing in our region. GMN is proud to be a recipient of these much needed funds of which 100% will go toward the senior services food bank. Generous donations like these really go a long way as we distribute several tons of food per month to the community. This will be helpful and huge to our cause.”
As checks were distributed in West Virginia and Ohio, many groups stated that this was a first-ever donation from a large company to their food pantry.
Antero employees and leadership have a deep commitment to this cause as was evident from a recent statement made by Al Schopp, Antero’s Chief Administrative Officer and Regional Senior Vice President,
“Antero and our dedicated employees are proud to be a partner in combating local hunger in the communities where we live and operate. Our efforts in alleviating food access issues across the Appalachian Basin mark our unwavering commitment to the many local families in need of this critical resource.”
Of course, Antero is not alone in its philanthropic efforts. Since Utica Shale development began in 2011, Gulfport, Chesapeake, CONSOL, REX Energy, EdgeMarc and PDC Energy have all made it a priority to provide philanthropic opportunity to the communities in which they operate.
The oil and gas industry is providing numerous benefits to eastern Ohio in the form of local jobs, economic growth and lower energy prices. The philanthropic efforts put forth like the one by Antero show that these companies appreciate the welcoming they have received, and are more than willing to give back to the communities where they have and will continue to operate for many years to come.