The Boone REMC Operation Round Up (ORU) Board voted to give a grant to the Boone County Boys and Girls Club for their emergency food program in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The board of directors voted to award the full $6,000 grant request.

“In just five weeks, we have served 5,363 meals,” Resource Development Director Katie Reasoner said. “We are committed to serving the meals until May 29 from the Lebanon Unit.”

The Lebanon Unit is located at 403 W. Main Street in Lebanon. Meals will be available Monday through Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m.

ORU previously provided funding for a partial renovation grant for the Lebanon unit, which included a dishwasher currently being used for the emergency food program.

In addition to the grant, Craig Anderson of Duke Realty was voted to be the newest ORU board member. Anderson takes the place of Stephen Schanke, who served on the board for nearly seven years.

“I believe he will add tremendous contributions to our charitable mission, and I am very excited to have him!” ORU President Mike Parsley said.

The board also voted to approve partial funding for Advance Park. A $2,750 grant was awarded for the installation of radio control (RC) racetracks and a driver’s stand. The park board plans to schedule sanctioned races where racers will come from other areas in the state to participate. The track will be open to the general public when races are not scheduled.

In addition, Central Indiana Teen Challenge, located in Lebanon, was awarded a grant of $4,100 for computer equipment. The group provides Christian faith-based, residential care to young people and adults who struggle with life-controlling problems.

The next grant application deadline for Operation Round Up is Friday, June 5 at noon. Applications can be found at

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