PRECO Charity Continues Providing Food Funds as COVID-19 Relief

Posted: June 17, 2020 at 4:18 pm

For the third time in four months, Peace River Electric Cooperative’s charitable foundation, Operation Round Up, has granted funds to community organizations serving food to families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The foundation’s board of directors is passionate when it comes to providing food to those most affected by this national crisis,” shares Ellen Hamel, Operation Round Up chair. “Having enough to eat is one of the most primal and basic of needs, and many homes are seeing their breadwinners suffer the loss of employment, underemployment or reduced work hours. We feel it is our duty and privilege to extend, not a handout, but a hand up to struggling families by supporting organizations which are distributing food and meals.”

Peace River Center in Bartow will receive $5,000, while Our Daily Bread of Bradenton and Feed My Sheep in Wauchula will receive $2,500 each. In March, Hardee Help Center in Wauchula, Our Daily Bread of Bradenton and Salvation Army of Sarasota received a total of $30,000, while in April, Woodland Community Church, Hope Family Services and Feeding Empty Little Tummies in Manatee County received a total of $21,000.

“This is only possible because many Peace River Electric Cooperative consumers allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar each month,” explains Hamel. “They can be proud of knowing it is their contributions providing $61,000 to help their friends and neighbors have enough to eat during this difficult time.

For more information about Operation Round Up, visit online.