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SWEPCO Donates to Mena/Polk County Senior Center

The American Electric Power Foundation has announced $42,000 in emergency funding for two area nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 in Southwestern Electric Power Co’s (SWEPCO) service area.

Mena Polk County Senior Center and Scott County Senior Citizens each were awarded $21,000 to provide additional meals to homebound seniors, as well as offer carryout meals, shelf-stable meals and other alternatives for their Meals on Wheels programs should delivery be suspended.

The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units, including SWEPCO.

“We are pleased to present these agencies with additional funding on behalf of the AEP Foundation as they provide vital services to our community during this extraordinary time of need,” said Jeff Milford, SWEPCO External Affairs manager in Fayetteville. “We want to help ensure that the programs serving our community’s most vulnerable residents can continue and expand.”

The AEP Foundation recently approved $1.5 million in emergency funds in response to COVID-19 to support basic human needs – such as food and shelter – across AEP’s service area.

The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.

The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger.

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