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(CUMMING, GA)  The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), announced today that the Foundation Board has approved funding totaling $63,925 to local charities and educational projects, as well as donations to thirty-six (36) local schools served by Sawnee EMC to fund hot lunches for students in need.

The Foundation School Lunch Program initiative was launched in 2019 to assist with funding school lunches for children who may not have the means to purchase a “hot lunch”.  Of the schools receiving lunch funds during the 4th Quarter gifting, thirty-four (34) are located in Forsyth County and two (2) are in Dawson County.

These grants are made possible in part by generous Sawnee EMC members who voluntarily participate in the Sawnee EMC Operation Round Up program.  “We are always excited to be able to help children in our area.  The school lunch program has proven to be successful and continues to build strong community relationships,” states Blake House, Vice President of Member Services.  He further states, “Operation Round Up is a great way for our members to give back and know that it stays local.”

The Foundation Board approved $18,895 to the following 501(c)(3) organizations:

  • Historical Society of Forsyth County, Inc.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Mentor Me – North Georgia, Inc.
  • Rachels Gift
  • FertilizHER Soul
  • Rosas Gift, Inc.
  • Senior Services North Fulton, Inc.

Additionally, the Foundation Board approved $6,300 through its Bright Ideas program to local teachers for innovative projects that will be implemented in their classrooms:

  • Mike Yeager – East Forsyth High School
  • Rebecca Johnsen – Black’s Mill Elementary School
  • Nick Crowder – Alliance Academy for Innovation
  • Hannah Hawlk - Whitlow Elementary School
  • Charlotte Stevens – North Forsyth High School
  • Abigail Green – Whitlow Elementary School 

Through Operation Round Up, Sawnee EMC members contribute an average of $6 per year, but these small donations have allowed the Foundation to donate $4.4 Million back into the communities since 2003.       
To learn more about Sawnee EMC Foundation’s Operation Round Up Program and the Foundation, visit  For 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) organizations or local teachers interested in applying for grant visit  Questions can be directed to Mandy Love, Director of Marketing, at 678-455-1579 or via email

About Sawnee EMC and the Sawnee Foundation

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 173,400 members in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia.  The Sawnee Electric Foundation was created in 2003 with the mission of providing charitable donations within the Sawnee communities.  The Foundation exists to enhance the way of life for those in need, with financial assistance to selected charitable organizations. Sawnee always stands ready to meet the needs of its members. Sawnee EMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.