Keeping Foodbanks Filled

July 7, 2021

FirstEnergy volunteers are helping to reduce the fear of hunger for people in our service territory. Here are a few examples.

A group of Energy Delivery Operations Services employees recently volunteered at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The team inspected fresh food bags donated by local nursing homes for reuse by the foodbank in their distribution efforts.

Front row kneeling, l.-r.: Rhonda Lowery, advanced distribution associate; and Elizabeth Conroy, engineer III. Second row, l.-r.: Matthew Church, distribution standards specialist IV; Renee Shilling, technical specialist; Kristen Citarella, engineer V; Thomas Pryatel, director, Energy Delivery Operations Services; and Cynthia Blair, executive assistant. Back row, l.-r.: Dean Philips, manager, Distribution Planning and Protection; and Steven Zablotney, engineer V. Please note: the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank does not require masks for fully vaccinated volunteers.

On behalf of our Veterans & Allies EBRG, employees in the Penn Power service territory supported the Community Foodbank of Mercer County – Military Share Program food distribution. Our volunteers assisted veterans and active military families at the Greenville VFW with selecting packages that included meat, produce, sweets, drinks and more. The group also packed carts and helped participants load items into their vehicles. Each veteran received 50 pounds of food.

Fairmont Contact Center employees wholeheartedly embraced our virtual Harvest for Hunger campaign – raising $17,201. The funds were donated to The Soup Opera, a local food pantry.

At the check presentation are, l.-r.: Bonnie Toler, administrative assistant and Harvest for Hunger co-chair; Misty Tennant, director, The Soup Opera; and Tammy Fluharty, supervisor, Customer Contact Center, and Harvest for Hunger co-chair.