FirstEnergy employees donate more than 3.6 million meals in 2019
FirstEnergy's 15,000 employees raised more than $514,000 and contributed approximately 28 tons of food as part of the company's 2019 Harvest for Hunger campaign. Creative luncheons, sporting events, bake sales and silent auctions were some of the employee activities that resulted in the equivalent of more than 3.6 million meals being donated to food banks, hunger centers and other charities across six states where employees live and work.
"Our employees have a heart for the community and unite when others are in need. We're proud of the generosity they show year after year," said Lorna Wisham, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. "By using friendly competitions across our business groups and various company locations, employees are able to help stock the cupboards of food banks and other charitable organizations throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York."
Since 2001, company employees have raised more than $5 million and donated more than 1.3 million pounds of food, totaling nearly 40 million meals.
Founded in 1992, Harvest for Hunger is the second largest cooperative food drive in the nation. Its mission is to collect food and funds for local hunger centers. Cash contributions are used to purchase the most needed food items. Each dollar or food item donated remains in the donor's community.
FirstEnergy and its employees have long been strong supporters of United Way. The premise of United Way – leveraging the generous contributions of thousands of people to make the biggest impact for those in need – helps ensure the safety and health of the communities we serve. Since 2001, the FirstEnergy Foundation, employees and retirees have contributed nearly $35 million to United Way campaigns in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey - helping to ensure the safety and health of the communities we serve.
Since the early 1990s, United Way agencies around the country have kicked off their annual campaigns with a Day of Caring, where volunteers from local businesses help local nonprofit agencies tackle meaningful projects like painting homes or trimming trees and shrubs. Hundreds of FirstEnergy employees share enthusiasm for this program. Our participation in “Day of Caring” promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism and helps our employees see how their United Way contributions are used.
FirstEnergy is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay that are held each September as part of the Akron Children's Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series.
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