Trico Electric Cooperative has awarded $40,000 in grants to six non-profits that provide food and basic needs to children.

The POWER — Providing Opportunities With Effective Resources — grants, presented at Saturday’s cooperative annual meeting, went to groups representing each of Trico’s service territories.

The awards include:

The Marana Unified School District, $8,160.

Grant funds will be used to implement the district’s first-ever Snak Pack program. High-need students at Roadrunner Elementary School will be given backpacks that are then filled with food on Fridays.

Casa Support Council for Pima County, $7,170.

Grant funds help create a new literacy program for young children who are removed from their homes and placed into foster care. This program targets children in the Three Points and Sahuarita areas.

Christian Family Care Agency, $7,170.

Grant funds are used to hire professional counselors to assist foster kids adapt to their transitional homes.

Green Valley Assistance Services, $5,000.

Grant funds help prepare children in need for school, including immunizations, food gift cards and school supplies.

The Sahuarita Unified School District, $7,500.

Grant funds will be used for food, nutrition and safety education as well as a snack program for needy children.

The Tucson Alliance for Autism, $5,000.

Grant funds are used for the Life Skills and Social Thinking Program, which helps high-functioning autistic children ages 14 to 25 build their organization, time management, communication and interpersonal skills.

TRICO will begin accepting grant applications for the 2010 POWER Grants program this fall.

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