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December 26, 2013
Contact: Jonie Gates (812) 876-0301

Hoosier Energy contributes to local organization

Hoosier Energy presented Our Father's Arms, a food and clothing ministry in Sullivan, with $10,000 to help provide food and groceries to local families. The organization is sharing part of the donation with Brown Baggers, one of its ministries that feed school-aged children on weekends. The donation was given by Hoosier Energy's Merom Station and a matching CoBank Sharing Success grant.

Matt Cress, president of Our Father's Arms, said the food pantry, in combination with Clothes Closet, provides meals and other assistance to around 350 families a month. Brown Baggers, an affiliate to the food pantry, feeds nearly 160 children on weekends. Our Father's Arms also serves as the umbrella organization for SHARE -- Sharing Hopes and Resources Everywhere -- a utility assistance program supported by area churches.

Merom Station Plant Administrative Coordinator and Sullivan County resident Jon Bobbitt said Hoosier Energy's donations will support the important work of the two food assistance organizations. Bobbitt serves on the Sullivan County Community Foundation.

"Ultimately, the number of families who will benefit from this is significant. We're very pleased to be able to help these charitable organizations," Bobbitt said. He recognized CoBank for supporting rural communities' charitable groups through its Sharing Success program.

Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the Merom Station and four other power plants, two renewable energy plants and a 1,700-mile transmission network. More information is at www.hepn.com.

CoBank is a national cooperative bank that provides loans, leases, and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers across rural America. More information is at www.CoBank.com.