Sawnee Foundation Awards Over $10,000 to Summer Lunch Program

(Cumming, April 8, 2020) The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation) announced today the approval of emergency funding, totaling $10,100, to assist twenty-four (24) local area schools served by Sawnee EMC with their summer lunch programs.  This donation boosts the total school lunch program contributions over the past 12 months to over $60,000 which have aided in feeding local area children in need.

The Foundation school lunch program initiative was launched in 2019 to assist with funding school lunches for children who may not have the means to purchase a “hot lunch.”  These newly approved emergency funds will help to ensure that these at-risk students will continue to receive a lunch during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This emergency grant was made possible by generous Sawnee EMC members who voluntarily participate in the Sawnee EMC Foundation Operation Round Up program, as well as, funds from abandoned patronage capital.  “We are always excited to be able to help the children in our area.  The school lunch program has proven to be successful and continues to build strong community relationships,” states Blake House, Vice President of Member Services. 

Through Operation Round Up, Sawnee members contribute an average of $6 per year, but these small donations have allowed the Foundation to donate over $3 Million back into the communities since 2003.  

For more information about how to become a Sawnee Foundation donor or about the Foundation’s Operation Round Up program, please contact Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs at 678-455-1399 or via email

About Sawnee EMC and the Sawnee Foundation

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 184,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia.  The Sawnee Foundation was created in 2003 with the mission of providing charitable donations within the Sawnee communities.  The Foundation exists to enhance the way of life for those in need, with financial assistance to selected charitable organizations. Sawnee always stands ready to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

 “At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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