Harvest for Hunger
FirstEnergy employees donate more than 2.7 million meals in 2016
FirstEnergy's 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign was a great success! Employees worked together to raise more than $380,000 and contributed 15,000-plus pounds of food to local food banks and hunger centers throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York. This is the equivalent of approximately 177 meals per employee, or more than 2.6 million meals total. Each $1 cash donation provides seven meals, and one pound of food is equivalent to 1.28 meals.
FirstEnergy employees developed fun and creative ways to raise money, such as bake sales, silent auctions, contests and more. Activities are sparked by friendly competition among business groups and employees across the company. The four divisions that donate the most meals per employee earn an additional $3,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,200 for their local food banks or hunger centers from The FirstEnergy Foundation.
Since 2001, company employees have contributed more than $4.2 million in cash and more than 1.2 million pounds of food to help fight hunger, which represents the equivalent of more than 30 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.