FirstEnergy : Toledo Edison Donates, Plants Trees that Will Harvest Fruit for Local Food Banks

Over the past three years, the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center in Toledo, Ohio has grown and donated more than £ 2,500 in products to local food banks for families who need additional help. To bolster the cultural center’s offerings to the community, more than a dozen Toledo Edison and Tree Toledo employees recently teamed up to plant 22 fruit trees for the organization.

Led by the Toledo Edison Green team, this tree-planting drive is one of several projects that employee groups completed this year to support nearby parks, wildlife sanctuaries and communities in FirstEnergy’s six states. Toledo Edison contributed $ 600 to cover the cost of the trees provided by Tree Toledo, and staff spent several hours looking at them in a 4,000-square-foot green space outside the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center to plant.

Three workers from the Toledo-Edison Line dug holes for each of the trees using a snail car, reducing the volunteers’ workload and allowing them to complete the job in one day. The fruit trees are said to be fully grown within two years and harvest a variety of fruits such as pears, apples, plums, cherries and peaches.

“We are working closely with the Toledo Food Bank and Immaculate Conception to provide fresh produce to local families, and Toledo Edison’s generous tree donations have enabled us to expand our existing Broadway Urban Garden Greenspace,” said Lorenzo Flores, coordinator for art and agriculture at the Art and Culture Center Sofia Quintero.

In addition to the benefits of trees in providing free products to the community, this initiative is an important part of the company’s efforts to reduce FirstEnergy’s carbon footprint, promote responsible use of natural resources, and promote the promotion of sustainable practices .

“We are delighted to support Sofia Quintero as her mission aligns with FirstEnergy’s commitment to improving our environment while empowering our local communities and helping those in need during difficult times,” said Jamey Brooks, Project Manager and Green Team -Member of the FirstEnergy team who organized the event.

The cultural center also plans to develop its green spaces into a natural environment for pollinators such as birds and bees while growing produce for the local community. FirstEnergy is a strong advocate of creating habitats for pollinators to thrive in, and the company has been recognized as one of the leading utilities in the country for its pollination-friendly vegetation management practices.

“I look forward to continuing our relationship with Sofia Quintero and supporting her initiatives for the benefit of the environment and our local community,” said Brooks.

For more information on FirstEnergy’s environmental and corporate responsibility efforts, click here. You can find photos of the tree planting campaign here.

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