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DeFuniak Springs, Fla. (August 4,2020) – Food For Thought Outreach in Santa Rosa Beach recently received a $5,000 grant through CHELCO’s Operation Round Up program, a member-funded program that gives back to local non-profit organizations.


Food For Thought provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy-to-prepare food for our area’s students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. Their goal is to bridge the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks. During school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, their workload was greatly increased, but they continued to provide meals to students in the extended absence.


“Food For Thought does a great job of supporting our community’s children with these meals,” CHELCO CEO Steve Rhodes said. “We’re proud of Operation Round Up and our members who help us support great organizations like Food For Thought.”


Operation Round Up is a voluntary program that allows CHELCO members to round up their monthly bills to the next whole dollar amount, and the spare change is given back to local non-profits like Food For Thought through grants.


For more information, or to access the Operation Round Up grant application, visit the Operation Round Up page at


CHELCO is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving more than 53,000 member accounts in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Holmes counties.