AKRON, Ohio, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) employees ran bake sales, held pizza lunches, put together office salad bars and participated in other fund-raising activities as part of the company's successful 2014 Harvest for Hunger campaign, contributing the equivalent of more than 2.2 million meals to food banks and other charities across six states where employees live and work.
"Once again this year, our employees have demonstrated creativity, compassion and generosity with their support of our annual Harvest for Hunger campaign," said Anthony J. Alexander, president and chief executive officer of FirstEnergy. "Their exceptional efforts continue to address this ongoing concern in our communities."
FirstEnergy's more than 15,000 employees in six states raised more than $310,000 and contributed approximately 16 tons of food to local food banks and hunger centers, the equivalent of approximately 147 meals for each employee.
The dollars raised and food contributed were part of a friendly competition conducted by FirstEnergy employees, their business groups, and company locations. Donations to Harvest for Hunger help stock the cupboards of more than 40 food banks and other charitable organizations throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.
FirstEnergy employees have been long-time champions of giving to Harvest for Hunger or other Feeding America Network affiliates. Since 2001, company employees have contributed more than $3.4 million in cash and more than 1 million pounds of food to help fight hunger, which represents the equivalent of more than 24 million meals.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.