Friday, June 13, 2014 Wauchula, Fla.—Peace River Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation has granted $7,800 to help Our Daily Bread of Bradenton feed the needy families and homeless of Manatee County. This grant will support Our Daily Bread’s “Project 5000”program which provides bags of food twice a week to those in need.
“Our family food bags contain canned items that can be prepared at home, while bags for homeless individuals contain ready-to-eat foods,” explains Robert Eikill, treasurer and volunteer for the charity. “Over the last several years, we have distributed around 7,000 bags annually.”
In addition to distributing food bags, Our Daily Bread also maintains a soup kitchen, serving hot meals seven days a week to men, women and children, regardless of race, color or belief. Over its 30 year history, the organization has served over 2 million meals.
“With the grant from Operation Round Up, we can begin providing dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables in food bags at our recently opened facility at 705 17th Avenue West,” adds Eikill.
Operation Round Up is a program made possible by the generosity of Peace River Electric Cooperative’s member-consumers. Funds are raised for local individuals and charitable organizations by ‘rounding up’ monthly energy bills on a voluntary basis, to the next dollar. The foundation accepts grant applications for needs relating to food, shelter, medical, clothing and the environment.
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Fully stocked grocery shelves serve the hungry at Our Daily Bread’s new facility on 17th Avenue in Bradenton.
Our Daily Bread utilizes an army of volunteers to feed the hungry. Here, volunteers are preparing food bags for distribution to hungry families.
Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO), a Touchstone Energy® distribution electric cooperative headquartered in Wauchula, Florida, provides electric service and energy solutions to more than 36,000 member/consumers in 10 Florida counties in central Florida: Brevard, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Osceola, Polk and Sarasota Counties. Through almost 4,000 miles of power lines, the electric cooperative has been in business since 1940 as a member-owned, not-for-profit organization.