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Good Samaritan Food Ministries Receives Cooperative Grant

Good Samaritan Food Ministries was awarded a $10,000 grant through a nomination by Jackson EMC to the CoBank Sharing Success Program. The grant will enable the nonprofit organization to purchase an encryption-based software system for its client database. 

“Since we participate in the USDA Feed America Program, a new software system will enable us to digitalize our monthly reporting,” said Jackie Powers, Good Samaritan executive director. “If our current system crashes, we would have to re-enter everything manually.” 

Good Samaritan Food Ministries provides food distribution, furniture, counseling, job placement training, and health screenings for individuals and families in Hall County.  

In 2021, Jackson EMC provided Good Samaritan Food Ministries with a $25,000 donation, which was made possible using margin refunds unclaimed by the electric cooperative’s members for five years. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia’s electric cooperatives to make charitable, education and economic development contributions of unclaimed margin refunds. 

The Jackson EMC donation made the nonprofit organization eligible for a CoBank Sharing Success program grant nomination. The program matches contributions — up to $10,000 —made by its cooperative members, including Jackson EMC. 

CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving industries and utilities in rural areas of 50 states. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers. 

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 246,000 meters on 14,693 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.