Christian Helping Hands Food Pantry Receives DEEP Rebate Check For Food Service Equipment Replacement

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Christian Helping Hands Food Pantry Receives DEEP Rebate Check For Food Service Equipment Replacement

On Thursday, May 5th, Mayor Debbie Hancock, Mayor of Comanche, Sandra McCord, Comanche City Councilmember, and Cheryl Johnson, Comanche Acting City Manager, presented Pamela Dobbins, Co-Founder, Christian Helping Hands Food Pantry, a $338.80 rebate check from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) for replacement of food service equipment.  Christian Helping Hands is a recognized church in Stephens county.

“This project demonstrates the commitment by (Pamela) Dobbins for having the foresight to undertake an energy conservation project that allows the food pantry to provide greater services to the Comanche community,” said Mayor Hancock.  The food pantry is the first business in Comanche to receive a DEEP check.

“The replacement of the food service equipment will result in an annual reduction of 1.69 kW in their energy consumption.  Although this may be considered a small amount, it does contribute to reducing Comanche’s summer peak electric demands,” said Tom Willis, OMPA Energy Services Engineer and coordinator of DEEP.

DEEP assists OMPA’s 38 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce their electric service energy demands and costs.  This program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times.  These projects include lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors. The reduction of these demands help keep energy rates as low as possible and delays the need to add additional OMPA generation capacity to the system.

The funds available for approved projects will be determined by the OMPA Board of Directors.  Funds available for an individual project will be determined through submission of detailed project plans.  For more information on DEEP, visit the OMPA website at or contact Willis at

OMPA is a state governmental agency created by the legislature to serve cities and towns that own and operate their electrical distribution systems and is governed by the members.  The Authority presently serves 38 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma.