Tenaska helps fund Backpack Buddies

December 8, 2010

The Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center donated $2,000 to the Sweetwater Backpack Buddies in a special presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Sweetwater Middle School. Shown are Lloyd Harris, Tenaska representative, with student volunteers with the program, Michael Lawrence, Kristen Brown, Lizzie Gray, Alaina Andrews, Marissa Sanchez, Ashleigh Jimenez, Mark Lawrence, Michael Hunt and Mikeilah Foust.

More low-income children in the Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) will have food on weekends during this school year, thanks to a generous donation from Tenaska, developer of the Trailblazer Energy Center, a $3.5 billion carbon capturing power plant proposed near Sweetwater.
Tenaska is donating $2,000 to expand the Sweetwater Backpack Buddies program, a non-profit volunteer agency that provides food to children identified as chronically hungry by the SISD staff and administration, announced Leah Andrews, the program’s Sweetwater coordinator.
“This donation will fund our weekly food contributions for at least a dozen more children this school year,” she said. “On behalf of the students who will benefit, we very much appreciate Tenaska’s participation in Sweetwater Backpack Buddies. We hope its contribution will inspire others in our community to donate so that our students do not go hungry when they are not at school. Young people who qualify for breakfasts and lunches through various programs on weekdays often do not have anything to eat on Saturdays and Sundays. Children must have nutritious meals in order to have good minds for learning.”
Backpack Buddies is associated with the national “Backpacks for Kids” program through the Food Bank of West Central Texas and the national program “Feeding America.” Through the program, Sweetwater volunteers from church, school and civic groups provide a bag of healthy food each Friday to students found to be chronically hungry or food insecure.
The program is currently serving 58 children in six Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) campuses and has sent more than 1,200 bags of food home with them since the program began in February 2010.  
“Tenaska is very pleased to support the Backpack Buddies program,” said Tenaska Development Manager Helen Manroe. “In this holiday season and beyond, we hope our contribution will help children in our community enjoy better nutrition and an enhanced ability to learn.”
Tenaska is developing the Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center near Sweetwater, a proposed 600-megawatt power plant with among the world’s most innovative technology. If built, the plant would create 1,500 jobs at peak construction and 100 permanent jobs when it begins operations.
“This contribution demonstrates Tenaska‘s commitment to the Sweetwater and Nolan County community. It is a tangible way to thank the community for the welcome and support we have received over the past three years,” Manroe said.
Persons wishing to contribute or who would like more information about Backpack Buddies should contact Coordinator Leah Andrews at (325) 338-2384.


Tenaska generosity

December 10, 2010 by jds (not verified), 4 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 55

Wow. Two grand from a Fortune 500 Company worth billions. Perhaps I would be impressed if the amount was say, one tenth of their yearly profit. Or maybe I would be impressed if Tenaska would pay the full amount of Nolan County property taxes every year, instead of their taking the 75 per cent tax reduction as authorized by the Nolan County Commissioners.
There are many generous folk here in the Big Country who give much more in funds and effort on a continuous basis to support the kids, the families, the churches, the non-profits, but certainly don't call a press conference and make up a giant size check for the photo op every time they open their pocketbooks or hearts.


December 9, 2010 by ambroise (not verified), 4 years 38 weeks ago
Comment: 50

Tenaska will have to do alot more to warrant our welcome and support....$2,000 will never make up for their coal plant's dirty air and our lack of water. People seem to forget that without the necessary water we need there won't be a community.

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