Local cooperatives donate to Needline

June 17, 2020 – Two local member-owned cooperatives have come together to offer financial support to agencies providing food and essential services to families in need.

West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications (WK&T) and West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (WKRECC) today presented checks totaling nearly $34,000 to the Needline agencies in Benton, Mayfield and Murray.

“WK&T is happy to help the Needline food pantries in Graves, Calloway and Marshall counties during this time of crisis due to COVID-19,” said WK&T CEO Trevor Bonnstetter. “We recognize there are families in need and we want to help provide support to people in the communities where we live and serve.”

David Smart, WKRECC president & CEO, agrees: “These agencies play a critical role in the communities we serve, especially now when so many families are faced with unexpected financial hardship,” said Smart. “We value what Needline does and we want to help.”

WKRECC’s donations were made through a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) matching grant program for local power companies. The COVID-19 Community Care Fund matched funds committed by WKRECC’s board of directors, Smart explained. “We applaud TVA for recognizing the need and partnering with local power companies to assist the communities we serve,” said Smart.

Specific donations include:

  • Mayfield-Graves County Needline Food Pantry
    • West Kentucky Rural Electric $5,666
    • WK&T $5,666
  • Murray-Calloway County Needline Association
    • West Kentucky Rural Electric $5,666
    • WK&T $5,666
  • Marshall County Caring Needline
    • West Kentucky Rural Electric $5,666
    • WK&T $5,666

Headquartered in Mayfield, KY, WK&T provides advanced broadband, voice, video and security services to over 15,000 residential and business subscribers in Kentucky and Tennessee.

WKRECC is a community-focused electric cooperative created to deliver affordable, reliable energy to more than 38,000 homes, farms and businesses in Calloway, Carlisle, Graves, and Marshall counties. WKRECC distributes energy generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.