Aera Energy LLC and its employees in Kern County and Ventura are reaching out to support local families in need.
Multiple Aera food drives will provide nearly 200 families with meals in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Monday Aera culminated its 15th annual Thanksgiving food drive when the Golden Empire Gleaners pick up monetary donations, 1,000 pounds of miscellaneous food donations and more than 130 brightly decorated boxes brimming with fixings for complete Thanksgiving meals for local families. The boxes are festively decorated by students at South High School and stuffed with enough stuffing, pie fixings and turkeys to feed a family of six. Nonperishable food items are donated by Aera employees in Bakersfield and Belridge and the company tops off each box with a turkey, bread, fresh vegetables and whipped topping for the pumpkin pie!
Meanwhile at Aera’s Midway Sunset location in Taft assembled another batch of holiday meal boxes for local families through their Adopt-a-Family program. Employees stuffed boxes with Thanksgiving feast fixings for 12 families and personally delivered them to Taft area families.
“For Aera and its employees this annual food drive has become an important holiday tradition,” explains Michele Newell, public affairs specialist. “All these boxes provide evidence to those capable of giving, that individually and collectively we can make a huge difference. Aera’s donations alone in all our communities will feed almost 200 families. It is our way of sharing the true meaning of Thanksgiving with those who are less fortunate and provide our neighbors in need the most basic necessity – food.”
“The Gleaners are so fortunate to have business partners like Aera Energy LLC who have a big heart for the hungry in our community,” says Pam Fiorini, executive director of the Golden Empire Gleaners. “For 15 years their employees have ensured an abundant Thanksgiving holiday for our families in crisis. Last year they helped nearly 700 people through this event alone. Their generosity puts our motto, ‘It Starts With Food’ into action.”
In Ventura, Aera employees and contractors donated more than $1,700 to not only purchase holiday meal certificates for 25 families, but also provide local non-profit - Project Understanding, additional funds to restock their pantry after the holidays.
Aera Energy LLC is one of California’s largest oil and gas producers. Company headquarters are in Bakersfield and most of its production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. Aera also has oilfield operations in Ventura and Monterey counties.