Little Rock, Ark. — July 15, 2019 — Arkansas Electric Cooperatives were recently named to the Arkansas Foodbank Summer Cereal Drive Hall of Fame for the organization’s support and contributions to help the families and children of Arkansas.

According to Rhonda Sanders, CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives’ employees rally around the Summer Cereal Drive, along with member distribution cooperatives from around the state, to collect funds to purchase cereal.

“We have enjoyed watching the creative ways the cooperative employees have fundraised to help the children of Arkansas,” Sanders said. “It’s a company-wide effort for the employees and we could not be more grateful for your continued passion to help the families and children in Arkansas.”

This was the 19th Annual Summer Cereal Drive with the Arkansas Foodbank and THV11. Arkansas Foodbank and THV11 started the Hall of Fame in 2016 as a way to honor corporations, individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact to the success of the Summer Cereal Drive. The first inductions were held in 2016.

This year, the Summer Cereal Drive raised 320,383 boxes of cereal to help feed children and families. Arkansas Electric Cooperatives were the third highest contributor, donating 23,303 boxes of cereal.

“Arkansas’ electric cooperatives have participated in the Arkansas Foodbank’s Summer Cereal Drive since 2011,” said Bill Conine, interim president/CEO of AECC. “Since that time, electric cooperative employees have donated more than 106,000 boxes of cereal to Arkansas families. Our employees work each day to improve the quality of life for Arkansans and the cereal drive is just one example of the hundreds of hours dedicated to this mission.”

Local electric distribution cooperatives that have participated in the Summer Cereal Drive include: C&L Electric of Star City; Carroll Electric of Berryville; Clay County Electric of Corning; First Electric of Jacksonville; Mississippi County Electric of Blytheville; North Arkansas Electric of Salem; Petit Jean Electric of Clinton; South Central Arkansas of Arkadelphia; Southwest Arkansas Electric of Texarkana; and Woodruff Electric of Forrest City.

Arkansas Foodbank, the largest hunger relief organization in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The Foodbank offers innovative programming focused on serving hungry Arkansans with more healthy and nutritious food. Programs like Food For Kids, Food For Families, and Food For Seniors provide food and other resources for more than 420 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, colleges, shelters, senior centers and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:

Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or