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Monarch Utilities launches project to provide Easter food baskets to county customers in need
SUGAR LAND – Monarch Utilities is pleased to announce the launch of its latest customer- based initiative, Project Sunshine. The program offers ready-to-cook food baskets to qualifying customers who desire to prepare an Easter meal this year, but may not be able to afford one. The project will provide Easter food baskets for qualifying Monarch Utilities customers in San Jacinto County. Customers who qualify are encouraged to apply from March 20-April 3. Customers will receive a tote bag filled with everything they'll need for an Easter meal, including scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert and a choice of a turkey or ham. "We are pleased to offer Project Sunshine, at no cost or obligation, to our valued customers who may need a little extra help this Easter," Janice Hayes, communications manager of SouthWest Water Company – Texas Utilities, said. "We believe giving back to the community is an important part of our responsibility to the people we serve." To qualify for Project Sunshine, the applicant must be a Monarch Utilities residential water customer in San Jacinto County and have a combined total household income that does not exceed 175 percent of the current federal poverty guidelines. Those guidelines are $1,628 gross monthly income (GMI) for a household of one; GMI of $2,262 for a household of two; GMI of $2,848 for a household of three; GMI of $3,434 for a household of four; GMI of $4,021 for a household of five; GMI of $4,607 for a household of six; GMI of $5,193 for a household of seven and GMI of $5,799 for a household of eight. To register for Project Sunshine, please call Greater East Texas Community Action - GETCAP at 936-653-2342 to schedule an appointment. Customers will be required to provide proof of income and a current driver's license or photo ID with an accurate service address. All information will be held in strict confidence. Registration continues from now until April 3, 2014. Monarch Utilities, the second largest private utility in the state with an exemplary record of safety and regulatory compliance, provides retail utility customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Monarch owns 85 regulated water and 15 wastewater systems in 32 counties, serving more than 90-thousand customers.