Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Kicks Off Fourth Annual Summer Cares Program with the Food Bank of DelawareAugust 31, 2016
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) (“Chesapeake”) announced its fourth annual Chesapeake Summer Cares Volunteer Program with more than 100 Delmarva employees and family members donating their time and energy at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford facility. For three days in August, employees from Chesapeake Utilities, Eastern Shore Natural Gas, Sharp Energy and the corporate office cleaned coolers, sorted donated canned goods and produce, and packed Summer Food Nutrition Program meals for kids in the community.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware to provide much needed summer meals for their Summer Nutrition program to help families on Delmarva,” said Michael P. McMasters, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “Supporting the communities we serve and providing opportunities for our employees to get out and engage with community members is a core part of our culture. Every summer our employees look forward to volunteering for this event and making a positive impact on the lives of others.”
“The Food Bank of Delaware is proud of the strong commitment made by Chesapeake Utilities,” said Chad Robinson, Milford Branch Director for the Food Bank of Delaware. “They have made a strong corporate commitment to our mission of ending hunger in the State of Delaware. Their employees come to their volunteer experience with a great enthusiasm and all pitch in to get the job done. Chesapeake Utilities is a model of corporate generosity and we could not be more thankful for their efforts.”
The hard working Chesapeake team packed 4,839 summer meal packages, cleaned 15 pallets of coolers for distributing those meals and sorted and selected more than 21,500 pounds of donated canned goods, fresh produce and items collected by Food Lion and at the Delaware State Fair. Employees also distributed 100 30-lb. meal boxes plus frozen chicken quarters, cheese and honey to senior citizens.
“Our employees make up the Chesapeake family — and by extension, their families and their communities are important to us,” said Elaine B. Bittner, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “Supporting the community and organizations like the Food Bank of Delaware aligns with Chesapeake’s culture of aspiring and caring. Engaging with our communities is an integral part of our culture.”
Chesapeake has expanded its Summer Cares program across its other businesses with similar programs taking place at locations in Ohio, Maryland and Florida later this summer.
Chesapeake provides natural gas and propane to over 109,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania through its Chesapeake Utilities, Sandpiper Energy and Sharp Energy business units.
For more information on how to volunteer at the Food Bank of Delaware or about the Food Bank’s outreach throughout the year, visit www.fbd.org.