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Exelon employee volunteers provide hunger relief to Aurora residents

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Tony Marusic

Employee volunteers from Exelon sorted and repackaged bulk food items at the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry as part of Exelon's celebration of National Volunteer Week on Monday, April 7. The food packages were distributed to low-income families and seniors living in the Aurora area.

Two dozen Exelon employees participated in the service project, packaging more than 22,000 pounds of food to be distributed to approximately 1,100 individuals. Last year, the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry distributed nearly 2.5 million pounds of food reaching more than 140,000 individuals.

"Lack of access to nutritious food is a very real issue for a surprising number of people in the communities we serve," said project sponsor Matthew Gooder, vice president, BSC Supply, Exelon. "We are committed to doing our part to address hunger and other common challenges our customers and communities face, and we are pleased to support the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in its mission."

The event was one of more than 150 community service projects Exelon employee volunteers are leading in celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), an annual, nationwide observance of people working to improve their communities through volunteer service. More than 1,000 Exelon employees, family members and friends are expected to provide approximately 4,000 hours of volunteer service for the projects, which take place in Exelon's service territories of northern Illinois, central Maryland, southeastern Pennsylvania and Texas.

"Our employees look forward to National Volunteer Week as an opportunity to better the quality of life in the communities they serve," said Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane, "and their passion for serving does not end there. All year long, our dedicated employees donate their and energy to the causes and organizations that matter to them to help create a brighter, more sustainable future where our communities thrive."

For the eighth consecutive year, Exelon recognized National Volunteer Week by empowering employee volunteers to design their own service projects and recruit others to participate. Exelon's projects focus on education, environmental issues, diversity and inclusion, and community enrichment.

In 2013, more than 3,800 Exelon employee volunteers gave almost 88,000 hours of their time to community nonprofit organizations. This is equivalent to more than 2,200 workweeks or over 42 years of fulltime service.