DTE Energy Foundation provides 18,000 meals to seniors during the holidays

$122,000 grant to Michigan Holiday Meals on Wheels program supports 10 agency partners

DETROIT, Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), is donating $122,000 in grants to 10 agency partners across Michigan for its seventh annual Holiday Meals on Wheels program. With the Foundation support, about 500 DTE employees and their families will pack, serve and deliver nearly 18,000 meals to vulnerable senior citizens and homebound adults.

"The DTE Energy Foundation is proud to bring thousands of meals to our seniors, who appreciate the generosity of companies and employee volunteers such as ours to get a hot meal during the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year's," said Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy, and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation.

The Foundation's support funds the packing, serving and delivery of:

  • 6,000 meals in the City of Detroit
  • Nearly 5,000 meals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Grand Traverse areas
  • Nearly 5,000 meals in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties
  • DTE Energy 900 meals in Gaylord and Buckley
  • 600 meals in the Thumb region

DTE Energy also is donating more than 16,000 gifts for seniors across the state to help them stay warm this winter.

"The Holiday Meals on Wheels program has become a tradition for many of our employees, their families and friends, and we are so appreciative of the time they give to spread holiday cheer. This signature program supports our aspiration to be a force for growth and prosperity in the communities where we live and serve," Nelson said.

About the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.2 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company's service territories. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 260 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.

SOURCE DTE Energy Foundation

For further information: Annie O'Dell, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555