ST. IGNACE, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Enbridge Energy is delivering more than fuel to heat homes and businesses this Thanksgiving.

The Canadian-based company partnered with 4-H this past summer and purchased 12 livestock animals at the U.P. State Fair auction. The purchase of those animals helps kids and teens fund college and future livestock projects, and allowed Enbridge to donate 1,300 pounds of meat to food banks and shelters across 10 counties.

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“Food scarcity is something we care a lot about,” Enbridge Energy Spokesman Ryan Duffy told The Steve Gruber Show on Tuesday. “[Enbridge] has been here in Michigan for more than 70 years. We have more than 100 employees in the state so it’s very important that we support the community where we operate our pipelines.”

Meanwhile, the Enbridge Great Lakes Tunnel project continues to move forward despite pushback from politicians and tribal groups. The company is spending $500 million of its own money to build a tunnel to encase its Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. The company said that will help prevent a spill and also keep propane safely flowing to Michigan’s homes and businesses.