Package 25,000 Meals for our Most Vulnerable Children and Families
PATERSON, NJ….On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20, 2014, more than 200 volunteers will join Rotary District 7490 (Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties) at the Hope Community Center, 60 Temple Street, Paterson, NJ to package up to 25,000 Kids Care meals of rice and beans for the most vulnerable children and families in Passaic and Bergen Counties. Volunteers who have already signed up include not only Rotarians from all over the District, but also college students from Bergen Community, Passaic County Community College and Montclair College; Interact students from high schools all over the areas, churches and synagogues, banks, community organizations such as New Destiny Family Success Center in Paterson). These volunteers, some as young as five, will don aprons, hair and beard nets, to work on assembly lines as they package the meals.
At the same time, all participants will bring non-perishable items and canned foods to benefit CUMAC (the major food pantry in Passaic County) and the Paterson Military Family Assistance Center, a Rotary District 7490 project that provides food to veterans, service men and women, and their family members.
This project was chaired by Dan Shiver, a member of the Paterson AM Rotary Club and past District Governor of Rotary District 7490, past District Governor Bonnie Sirower from the Paterson Rotary Club and a Glen Rock Resident , and Irma Gorham, Director of the Housing Authority in Paterson and a member of the Paterson Great Falls Rotary Club. They are working closely with Stephanie Ames, Volunteer Coordinator with CUMAC to make this a reality while partnering with Outreach Inc., a non-profit organization from Union, Iowa. Outreach Inc., established in 2004, has been providing meals to the most vulnerable children and adults around the world. Kids Care meals are nutritious and appetizing, while only costing a meager $.25 per serving. Anyone can make 100 meals available to children in need for $25.00. With the generosity and compassion of the people in Rotary District 7490’s region (Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties), thousands of meals will be packed. Packaged meals will be donated to CUMAC, a major food pantry in Paterson, as well as to the Center for Food Action in Bergen County for distribution to disadvantaged families. Volunteers who still wish to sign up can do so at www.rotarydistrict7490.org/cumac, but no volunteers will be assigned to an assembly line if they have not signed up in advance. Those wishing to make tax-deductible donations to the event can do so by going to www.endhungerne.org/donate and putting Rotary7490meals in the section for special instructions. A $25 donation will pay for 100 meals.
Rotarians are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more.Together we can end hunger and change people’s lives. For more information on joining a Rotary Club near you, go to www.nynjrotary.org.