BBJ: BGE, Constellation donate $1M toward coronavirus relief organizations

April 3, 2020
By Joanna Sullivan

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Constellation and their parent company, Exelon Corp., said April 3, 2020, they are donating $1 million to help with the daily operating costs of Maryland nonprofits and small businesses focused on coronavirus relief.

The money is part of more than $5 million in donations in total by Exelon and its family of companies nationwide to relief organizations supporting communities impacted by the spread of the coronavirus.

“Our commitment to the relief organizations doing heroic work to help our community through the pandemic challenge is an extension of the efforts of our employees to ensure the delivery of safe and reliable energy to health care providers, first responders and all of our customers at this critical time,” BGE CEO Carim Khouzami said in a statement.

The companies’ donations include funds to the United Way of Central Maryland’s COVID-19 Community Fund, which will support the organization’s 211 Call Center. The center’s call volume has more than quadrupled, with more than 1,500 calls coming in requesting information about food, COVID-19, counseling and reassurance, the company said.

The Maryland Food Bank will also receive funds to help buy and distribute food to Baltimore and all surrounding counties during the pandemic. Many families have found themselves without enough money or food during the crisis.

The donation to the Baltimore Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund will help rapid response actions during the public health emergency the Maryland region is currently facing.

And a donation to the Feeding America network will help support the group’s ramped-up efforts across the country, Exelon officials said. The hunger relief organization is partnering with school districts and local government agencies to ensure the 22 million children who rely on school meals have access to food. The nationwide group is also providing emergency grants and food boxes to food banks across the country and is working to distribute non-food and household items, such as cleaning supplies, diapers and personal hygiene products, to those who need them.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

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