PPL Electric Utilities is pitching in to help the communities it serves weather the arctic start to 2014 by pledging $250,000 to its Operation HELP hardship fund and $50,000 to be shared among various food banks.
In this region, food bank donations will go to the Wayne County Food Pantry in Honesdale, United Neighborhood Centers in Scranton and the Commission for Economic Opportunity in Wilkes-Barre.
The newly announced funding will augment $1.45 million that goes to Operation HELP from a combination of sources — PPL Corporation, customers and employees. The fund, established in 1983, provides emergency financial aid to pay heating bills for families with financial hardships.
“Federal energy assistance funding is down and demand is up, so this increase will help to fill that void,” said Sarah Fliszar, regional operations director for the easternmost portion of the utility’s service territory.
For information on all of the utility’s payment assistance programs, visit www.pplelectric.com/billhelp.