National Grid Launches “Operation Turkey: Feeding Families, Rebuilding Hope” to Feed Thousands of Metro New York Families in

  National Grid Launches “Operation Turkey: Feeding Families, Rebuilding Hope”
  to Feed Thousands of Metro New York Families in the Communities Hardest Hit
  by Superstorm Sandy

  National Grid taps A&P supermarket chain to help support 16 metro New York
            community partners hosting dinner on Thanksgiving Day

Business Wire

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. -- November 20, 2012

As many people sit down to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and give thanks for
family, friends and a bountiful meal, National Grid is acutely aware that many
customers whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy will not have the
usual comforts this year. In recognition of that, National Grid has launched
“Operation Turkey: Feeding Families, Restoring Hope”, to bolster the resources
of community partners who traditionally host Thanksgiving dinner for families
in need.

National Grid employees unload 2,500 turkeys at National Grid's training
center in Melville, NY. Nat ...

National Grid employees unload 2,500 turkeys at National Grid's training
center in Melville, NY. National Grid trucks will be dispatched to deliver the
turkeys to churches, soup kitchens and other venues where complimentary
community Thanksgiving dinners have been planned by the company. (Photo:
Business Wire)

National Grid, with the help of A&P, will deliver 2,500 turkeys to community
pantries, food banks, and advocacy organizations, across 16 Metro New
York-areas. Some organizations will receive up to 375 turkeys, along with a
financial donation to round out the table with traditional Thanksgiving side
dishes that will help feed hundreds of families in need. Other organizations
have requested only the financial donation to help provide extra resources for
their tables.

“For those of us who have been working tirelessly to restore heat and power to
downstate New York neighborhoods for three weeks now, giving thanks takes on a
whole new meaning. In some cases, the basic comforts of life: a warm bed,
family nearby and a hot meal, were taken away by the devastation wrought by
Superstorm Sandy,” said Ken Daly, President of National Grid – New York. “At
National Grid we believe our support goes ‘beyond the meter;’ if customers
cannot receive service due to structural or flood damage, we want to do what
we can to ease the burden through the restoration process. This year, as we
give thanks for the safety of our family and friends, we hope they can put
their troubles aside for one afternoon and enjoy a hot meal with loved ones.”

“We’re happy to support this worthy cause by providing the logistics support
necessary to deliver these turkeys around the Metro New York area in time for
Thanksgiving dinner,” said Sam Martin, President and CEO of A&P. “As the food
and drug store of the neighborhood, it’s our responsibility to take care of
the communities we serve by helping to make sure the organizations that
provide Thanksgiving meals are able to do so this year, despite the aftermath
of the storm.”

The organizations receiving the turkey dinners and/or financial donations are
located in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and on Long Island. They

  *Long Beach Recreation and Ice Rink – Long Beach
  *Island Harvest - Hauppauge
  *Chateau La Mar - Lindenhurst
  *Project Hospitality – Staten Island
  *Martin Luther King Center – Long Beach
  *Oceanside Community Service – Ocean Side
  *Community Christian Center – Staten Island
  *Abe Stark Rink – Coney Island
  *Court Club – Brooklyn (Garrison Beach)
  *Millennium Health Centers (six different clinic locations)
  *Surfinbird – Far Rockaway
  *Occupy Sandy – Far Rockaway
  *Church of God Christian Academy – Far Rockaway
  *St. Marks – Brooklyn
  *St. Francis DeSales – Brooklyn
  *The Church of the Nazarene – Far Rockaway

“At Operation SurfinBird, my wife Tamara and I have seen the devastation
first-hand as we

worked in Far Rockaway following Superstorm Sandy. The neighborhoods are
filled with wonderful, resilient people who have been hit hard. We aim to
provide a distinguished Thanksgiving that feels real, authentic and communal,”
said Eli Metcalf, founder of Operation SurfinBird. “We are thankful for the
support of community partners like National Grid who step in at these critical
moments to help us achieve our mission to bring a proper Thanksgiving table to
our neighbors.”

Operation Turkey: Feeding Families, Rebuilding Hope began last week as ideas
were discussed in partnership with many of National Grid’s valued community
partners and elected officials serving our customers.

The shipment of turkeys arrived on Tuesday, November 20 at National Grid’s
Melville Training Facility on Hub Drive. From there, National Grid and A&P
workers are delivering the turkeys and donations to the 16 recipient
organizations throughout Metro New York. On Thursday, our valued partner
organizations will open their kitchens to many families for Thanksgiving
surrounded by people united in giving thanks for small comforts this year.

To track Operation Turkey: Feeding Families, Rebuilding Hope, follow our
photos on Twitter @nationalgridus or finds us on Facebook in Metro New York.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that
connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at
the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create
new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy
system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid
holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins
everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric
customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In
Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is
built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to more than 3 million customers in
Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network
on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA),
and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing
power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of
natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving more than 3 million customers in New
York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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About A&P

Founded in 1859, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) is one of the
nation's first supermarket chains. The Company operates more than 300 stores
in six states under the following trade names: A&P, Best Cellars, Food Basics,
The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum's.

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