Food pantry receives $1,000 donation from Tenaska

Gaylord's Pantry, the Sweetwater and Nolan County food pantry that provides emergency food supplies to Sweetwater and Roscoe area families in need, has received a $1,000 donation from Tenaska, Terry Hendley has announced."On behalf of First United Methodist Church and the Ministerial Alliance, I want to thank Tenaska for this generous contribution to our food pantry organization," he said. "This donation will help provide needed nutrition to hundreds of families in our region."Separate food distribution programs operated by First United Methodist and the Ministerial Alliance were merged in 2010, and volunteers from several Sweetwater churches participate.From January through April 2011, Gaylord's Pantry purchased 30,651 pounds of food from the Abilene Food Bank, while Wal-Mart, Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy and others donated 11,543 pounds. The pantry distributed 2,104 bags of food to Sweetwater and Roscoe residents who met income guidelines. Eligible residents can receive two bags per month.Tenaska, based in Omaha, Nebraska, with a regional office and natural gas and electric power marketing affiliates located in Dallas, Texas, is one of the nation's leading independent energy companies. It is developing the proposed Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center, a state-of-the-art carbon capturing coal-fueled power plant, near Sweetwater."Tenaska is becoming a part of the Nolan County and Sweetwater communities, and as with all communities where our facilities are located, we are happy to do our part to help support projects that benefit area residents," said Tenaska Development Director, Helen Manroe.The Trailblazer Energy Center will be a 600-megawatt generating plant with technologically advanced controls designed to capture 85 to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The CO2 will be shipped via pipeline to Permian Basin oil fields to be used for enhanced oil recovery. The project is estimated to bring 1,500 jobs at peak construction and create approximately 175 permanent jobs during operation.Gaylord's Pantry is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church, 309 Cedar. Persons interested in donating food or money can call 236-6617 for more information.