Wheatland Electric donates to area food banks

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram
Amy Wickwar, a specialist with Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas, left, and Blair Holliday, a senior at Holcomb High School who serves as JAG-K president, pose to accept a $500 donation for Horns for Hope, c/o USD 363.

Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc., has made $1,000 in donations each this year to Genesis Family Health in Garden City and Horns for Hope c/o USD 363 in Holcomb to assist with stocking food pantries for needy families.

The initiative, an extension of Wheatland’s annual Cram the Van food drive and our Power On campaign, allows the business to embody one of it seven cooperative principles: concern for community.

Wheatland has made over $9,000 in donations in total to local food banks in the communities served across southwest and southcentral Kansas this year.

“At Wheatland Electric, we recognize that the ongoing pandemic has had severe affects to families we know, businesses where we shop, and our local economies as a whole,” Bruce W. Mueller, CEO/General Manager, said. “We’re here to do our part to make sure our local food banks can address food insecurity issues and help those who need it the most.”

The cooperative has also provided 700 bottles of hand cleanser to first responders across its service territory, purchased treats from local businesses to employees of the seven hospitals Wheatland serves, and given away “Downtown Dollars/Chamber Bucks,” valued at $50 per employee, to encourage local spending.

“Supporting our local first-responders, healthcare workers, local businesses, and food banks allows us to give back to the communities we serve,” Mueller added. “We’re here to not only help in the short term but also to provide safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to our rural neighbors.”

Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc., a member owned distribution cooperative headquartered in Scott City, KS, was established in 1948 as a distribution and power cooperative in the state of Kansas.

Today, Wheatland Electric serves more than 33,000 electric meters in 17 counties and maintains over 4,000 miles of distribution power lines across Western and South-Central Kansas. Together, with the help of our members, Wheatland Electric is committed to building a better and stronger rural America. For more information visit www.weci.net.

Leslie Guzman Galindo, special projects officer, left, and Idania Hernandez, social services navigator, accept a $500 donation to Genesis Family Health's food pantry.