SVEC in the Community

SVEC Cooks Up Support for Taste of Suwannee 2019

group of people around foodLast month, SVEC employees put on their chef hats to take part in the sixth annual Taste of Suwannee. The event gives people the chance to try food from some of the best cooks in the area, all while supporting the Suwannee Education Foundation. The foundation provides instructional resources, classroom equipment and technology, and professional development opportunities to teachers, as well as college scholarships, tutoring services, college success workshops and mentoring to students.

This year’s event, held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, was attended by more than 300 people and raised more than $8,000 for the school district. Food was provided by 18 vendors, including Arise Coffee Bar, 11th Street Kitchen, Big Wood BBQ, The Filling Fork, RIVEROAK Technical College culinary students and more. For the SVEC menu, employees cooked up cheddar basil bites, crabcakes with an aioli sauce and over 300 lemon mini-Bundt cakes.

Creating opportunities for local students

people around a table of feed in a gymIt’s important for the students in our community to have opportunities to further their education after graduating from high school. Each spring, SVEC awards up to 10 scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving high school seniors who are dependents of co-op members. Scholarship applications will be available on our website sometime in February.

It’s also important for students who are not planning to go to college to have quality career options after leaving school. That’s why SVEC participates in events like the recent Hamilton County High School College and Career Fair.

SVEC’s taxes support our community

Every November, SVEC pays more than $1 million in property taxes to the four counties we serve. We are pleased that these funds are used by the counties to provide essential services and strong schools in our community.