Penelec employees have raised nearly $16,000 and contributed more than 400 pounds of food for their 2012 Harvest for Hunger campaign. The dollars raised and food contributed is part of the friendly competition conducted by FirstEnergy employees and their business groups.

Penelec employees hosted in-office yard and bake sales, held auctions and sold lunches among other activities during the month-long campaign. The dollars translate into more than 110,000 meals and will be distributed to area organizations.

"Compassion and generosity are exemplified by our employees," said John E. Skory, regional president, Penelec. "They are helping their local neighbors through these tough times by helping put food on their tables."

FirstEnergy, its Penelec subsidiary and affiliate employees have been long-time champions of charitable giving. The 2012 Harvest for Hunger campaign raised nearly $360,000 and 10 tons of food, helping stock the cupboards of more than 40 food banks and organizations throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and West Virginia.

In the last decade, Penelec employees have contributed nearly $137,000 which represents the equivalent of more than 950,000 meals.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 megawatts.

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