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Operation Round Up Fights Hunger, Helps Neighbors


The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board met recently to award $17,422.40 in Operation Round Up grants. Funds will help fight hunger and meet a wide variety of personal and community needs.


St. Paul United Church of Christ in Old Monroe received $1,000 from Operation Round Up for its food pantry. (See photo at right.) According to Food Pantry Chair Mary Anne Lee, funds will help purchase meat, food items and personal supplies for pantry visitors, which increased by more than 30% last year.

Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Assists St. Paul Food Pantry. 

(L-R) St. Paul United Church of Christ Food Pantry Chair Mary Anne Lee and Pastor Michael Kasevich celebrate a $1,000 grant awarded by the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board.  The Old Monroe area pantry stocked its shelves thanks to the generosity of Cuivre River members who donate to Operation Round Up.


The pantry receives a monthly shipment of food from the Caring and Sharing pantry in Wentzville, but needs to supplement pantry items as the need outpaces the supply before the end of the month.


In addition to the pantry, the group offers a book program for youth ages 9 - 18, supports a clothing drive, and has a soup kitchen.


The pantry and soup kitchen located at 903 Meier Rd., Old Monroe, are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information call 636.665.5329


The following grants were also awarded at the meeting:


  • An Emmaus Home resident received up to $1,300 for dental expenses not covered by other programs;
  • A boy with Autism received up to $500 to purchase a special bed;
  • A St. Charles County family received $2,500 to help pay medical bills for their young child;
  • A Warren County woman received $1,073.40 to help pay medical bills;
  • A disabled woman received $985 for special medical equipment;
  • The Wentzville United Methodist Church received $500 for its community outreach program;
  • Emmaus Homes, Inc. of St. Charles received $2,000 for home modifications to improve mobility and access;
  • The National Council on Alcoholism received $1,000 to support programs in our local area;
  • Strong Tower Ranch near Wright City received $3,000 to support summer day camp programs for needy youth;
  • TEMCO, Inc., of Marthasville received $2,500 to help improve workshop lighting and reduce energy costs.


Funds ranging from one penny to 99¢ are donated by Cuivre River members who contribute through Operation Round Up with their electric bill payments. Funds are also donated through ORU Plus and through direct donations.


Funds are dispersed monthly by volunteer members of the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board. Funds support unmet needs in the areas of health, youth, education, weatherization, emergency and community services.


To be eligible, individual, family and organization grant requests must:


  •  be from the general Cuivre River area, though applicants do not need to be Cuivre River members,

  •  be for an approved purpose, including health, youth, education, weatherization, community groups or emergency service providers,

  •  include complete personal or organizational information as specified on each application, and

  •  include personal or organization statements indicating why funds are needed at this time and how they will be used.


Trustees meet monthly to award funds Cuivre River members donate by rounding up their electric bill payments to an even amount.


Organization and Individual/Family applications are due the last day of each month. Scholarship applications are due October 1 and May 1; scholarships are reviewed at monthly meetings held in November and May.



To learn more about Operation Round Up, or to obtain a grant application call 800.392.3709, Lonnie Tucker (ext. 230), Mary Jane Clark (ext. 234), or Rod Smerkar (ext. 330), or visit