Houston Elementary School was among 18 schools to receive checks totaling $10,800 from Intercounty Electric for its “Blessings in a Backpack” weekend food program.

Each of the 18 elementary schools in IECA’s service territory have an organization/program dedicated to dedicated to providing kid-friendly, nutritious food to those students who just need a little extra to get them through the weekends.

“A primary goal of IECA is to continually improve the quality of life for its members,” said Intercounty board director Doyle Bradford. “This seemed like a perfect fit.”

Intercounty teamed up with partner organizations Sho-Me Power and CoBank to make the investment. The three organizations said they wanted to honor and support the backpack programs for how they enhance the quality of life for the children they serve.

“We thought this would be a great way to support and show our gratitude to the organizations that provide for children who might go hungry otherwise,” said Intercounty CEO Aaron Bradshaw. “Their efforts to support local children are greatly appreciated. These organizations certainly improve lives and strengthen the communities they serve.

“In this season of giving, we encourage you to reach out to your own local backpack program to see how you could best help. Like other non-profits, these programs operate based on donations and volunteers. Our hope is that you too recognize the food needs of our local children and are able to help.”

Here is the contact information to assist with programs at Texas County schools:

• Houston and Success, Katie at 417-967-4484.

• Licking, JoAnn at 573-453-0136.

• Plato, Kyle at 417-458-4715.

• Raymondville, Carrie at 417-457-6237.

• Summersville, Brittany at 417-932-4613.

• Cabool, Debra at 417-962-3153.

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