— Employees Volunteer to Donate Food and Gifts, Assemble 600 Holiday Care Packages and Distribute Items to the Community during the Holiday Season —
December 7, 2012 | Dover, DE — Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) today announced the launch of the Chesapeake Cares holiday program partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware. As part of this initiative, the Company and the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) will provide food and supplies to Delaware families facing hardship this holiday season. Chesapeake employees and family members are volunteering to collect food and gifts to assemble 600 care packages, distributing them to the community on December 17th and 18th in Dover and Georgetown.
“This is something that we as a company and our employees want to do to help our communities that are in need,” commented Michael P. McMasters, President & CEO of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “We live and work in these communities, and our commitment to them extends beyond simply meeting the energy needs of businesses and residents.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Chesapeake Utilities Corporation to support the Chesapeake Cares holiday program,” commented Chad Robinson, Milford Branch Director of the Food Bank of Delaware. “Chesapeake shares our goals and aspirations to make the holidays a happy and memorable time for those in our community, and we are confident that our partnership will make a tremendous difference for families this holiday season. It is great to have a local company proactively seek us out and have its employees actively engage with community members. We could not spread the holiday cheer this season to people in need without their help.”
Numerous Delawarean families struggle to put food on their tables. The Food Bank of Delaware provides emergency food for an estimated 241,600 people annually. According to a recent study by The Food Bank of Delaware:
- 21% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
- 32% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
- 22% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
As part of the Chesapeake Cares program, the Company is inviting the community to participate in the SHARING Fund. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation created the SHARING fund with donations provided by customers, employees and the community to ensure that the elderly, ill and those facing financial hardship are not forgotten during the cold winter months when energy bills are at their peak. Grants are available to income eligible customers of Chesapeake Utilities and Sharp Energy with additional amounts available for those over the age of 60. Also, the SHARING program has additional grants for appliance purchases or repair; the recently unemployed; and customers who are in need due to serious illness or family tragedy. Learn more about SHARING at www.chpk.com/sharing.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified utility company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electric distribution, propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing, advanced information services and other related services. Information about Chesapeake’s businesses is available at www.chpk.com.
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