BALTIMORE, MD (June 15, 2018) – Major Gene Hogg provides keynote address at BGE’s Energizing Business Growth Breakfast (Photo by: Donovan Eaton)

Back in 1816, ​BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric Company) became the first gas utility in the United States when Rembrandt Peale lit the first gas lamp in Baltimore. 75 years later, Salvation Army founder William Booth changed the match making industry in 1891, by switching to red phosphorus, instead of the previously used white phosphorus, ultimately providing a cleaner and healthier work environment for factory workers.

In 2018, BGE partnered with The Salvation Army and helped strike the match to change the grocery industry with DMG Foods.

DMG Foods is The Salvation Army’s first non-profit grocery store. This store aims to provide an affordable place for the local community to purchase fresh and healthy food while expanding their cash and food stamp dollars through nutrition and shopping education, social services, and complimentary supplemental food items.

BGE’s Chief Executive Officer, Calvin Butler, extended an invitation to Central Maryland Area Commander Major Gene Hogg as the keynote speaker at BGE’s Energizing Business Growth Breakfast last week. More than 150 people tuned in to Central Maryland Area Commander Major Gene Hogg’s keynote address at BGE’s Energizing Business Growth Breakfast, highlighting The Salvation Army’s partnership with BGE.

Through BGE’s Smart Energy Economic Development (SEED) program, DMG Foods received economic development incentives in the form of reduced billing and using energy more efficiently. Additionally, DMG Foods’ service fees were reduced by 75%, as well as a 25% reduction on electric and natural gas distribution for the next five years.

Effective lighting supports the grocery store in a variety of ways, including improving retails sales and maintaining the quality of fresh and frozen inventory.

Other speakers at the business breakfast included BGE Regulatory and External Affairs Senior Vice President, Alexander Núñez, who was also one of the notable speakers at the DMG Foods grand opening on March 7.

“Every year, we find non-profits that align with our values and the needs of our customers. This year, our cause initiative was to help The Salvation Army to innovate DMG Foods because it was in a food desert. DMG Foods is not just a grocery store, but a true salvation for people in the community,” said Núñez.

As defined by Baltimore City, a food desert or “healthy food priority area” is located more than ¼ mile away from other supermarkets.

According to a recent study at the Tulane School of Social Work, 2.3 million Americans lived more than one mile away from a supermarket and did not own a car. These individuals have limited access to healthy food and often resorting to getting groceries from convenience stores. The study also showed that residents living in food desert areas have a positive correlation with poor-quality diets, diabetes, and weight gain.

Research shows that the potential economic impact of a new grocery store in a food desert includes creating jobs, increasing local income, and improves the residential and commercial real estate. Since opening its doors just three months prior, DMG Foods has opened 15 permanent jobs and provided affordable, healthy food products to more than 2,000 customers.

BGE’s economic incentives has supported more 37,500 businesses throughout Maryland, including DMG Foods.

“On behalf of the thousands of people that are benefiting from the DMG Foods grocery store, I’m only one, but I stand here to say thank you to BGE for making healing possible in our community,” said Major Hogg.

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For Immediate Release
May 31, 2018
For More Information Contact:
Janeen Johnally


BALTIMORE, MD — Did you know Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” served donuts to soldiers during World War I? Today, we continue to celebrate their work by delivering donuts to those in need. For #NationalDonutDay this year, Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army will be hosting a “Do Good Donut Party” on Friday, June 1 for the veterans at Loch Raven VA Outpatient Clinic.

What: National Donut Day

Who: Salvation Army officers, Captain Emily and Ryan Vincent, will host a donut party for veterans at Loch Raven VA Outpatient Clinic.

When: June 1, 2018 at 9:00am

Where: 3901 The Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21218

For additional information, please contact Janeen Johnally at 954-729-6384.

About The Salvation Army of Central Maryland
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in Maryland in 1885, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years. Nearly one hundred thousand Marylanders receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, and shelter to the homeless, and after-school programs for underprivileged children through its partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in Maryland.

To help raise money for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s programs, our Women’s Auxiliary hosted their third annual Garden Party at the Country Club of Maryland on May 15. Doors opened at 11 a.m. and over 120 people attended the event. The reservation fee was $25 and the guests enjoyed a lunch and dessert, provided by the country club.

The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary is a volunteer group that hosts various fundraising events to send kids to camp, provide toiletries for Booth House, and aid other programs for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland. With over 100 active members, the Women’s Auxiliary also provides hundreds of service hours, making them a core part of our organization.

J and J Entertainers provided the music for the event, including renditions of classics such as Beyond the Sea and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

Attendees had a chance to shop a variety of beaded, statement, pendant jewelry. Lucky guests also received gifts from Sally’s Surprises, consisting of spring floral centerpieces, comforter set, beach accessories, paintings, and more!

“Being a part of the Women’s Auxiliary is the most rewarding and fulfilling thing to do. You get to help people and know that your time, efforts, and money are going to a wonderful cause, helping the Salvation Army,” said Betsie Johnson, Women’s Auxiliary President and Advisory Board Member.

To become a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, see upcoming events, or to learn more information, click this link or contact Mavis Cutler.