Local Cooperatives Donate to Needline

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Local Cooperatives Donate To Needline

From left to right, Trevor Bonnstetter, CEO of WK&T, David Smart, president and CEO of WKRECC, Becky Cornwell, director/administrator of Benton Needline and Doug Moore, chairman of the board of Benton Needline.

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 and West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation recently 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,” WK&T CEO Trevor Bonnstetter said. “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,” Smart said. “We value what Needline does and we want to help.”

WKRECC’s donations were made through a Tennessee Valley Authority 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.

Headquartered in Mayfield, Kentucky, 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.