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By: Patti Rogers, Operation Round Up Coordinator Financial report by: Sara Thomas


Operation Round Up eases food pantry shortfalls, and more Soaring food costs are placing new strains on area families. Local


Jamey Allen Leroy Bayliff Jim Brown


Vivian Gibson Lloyd Gramling


Jerry McCracken Lynne Miller Sunny Stuart


Beckie Turner Joyce Wallace


organizations that collect and distribute food to people in need are also feeling the pinch. The OEC Foundation board in February earmarked $5,000 to support food programs in two local communities. The Tuttle Area Food Bank will use its grant to stock the shelves for food


pantry clients. Workers—all volunteers—say they have seen a dramatic rise in terms of the level of need and a dwindling ability to meet the need. “Demand for food assistance has more than doubled in the last seven


months,” wrote Philip Brown, fundraising coordinator, on the food pantry’s grant request. In Noble, the Senior Citizens Association will use its grant to purchase


a commercial refrigerator to store perishable food for the center’s nutrition program. The new unit will replace an outdated residential model. An additional $3,000 was allocated to the Washington Police Department


for radios, and $1,450 was designated to the Lexington-Purcell Special Olympics team. The money will help in sending athletes, coaches and aides to Stillwater in May for the Summer State Games. Grants totaling $4,425.20 were awarded to six individuals/families for


FINANCIAL STATEMENT OEC FOUNDATION, INC.


Beginning balance 1/17/2011 .........................$92,988.58 December deposit............ +17,660.14


Interest Income........................ + 0* *reported in Feb. statement


Checks issued................... -12,321.20 Approved, not yet paid....... -4,839.79 Balance 2/15/2012 ...........$93,487.73


housing needs, like wheelchair ramps and lift chairs for the elderly, and eye exams and glasses. These grants are funded by OEC members who participate in Operation


Round Up by “rounding up” their electric bills and donating the difference to the OEC Foundation. Nearly $18,000 is donated each month. Individuals and  to apply for a grant. The OEC Foundation board is scheduled to meet on March 15 to review


grant requests. Applications to request funding are available on OEC’s website, www.okcoop.org. The deadline to submit applications is March 12. Call Patti Rogers, OEC’s Operation Round Up coordinator, at 405-217-6710 for information about the program or application assistance.


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