Rotary and Rotaract Clubs sponsor food drive

Posted: Friday, February 04, 2011

When need calls, Rotarians respond with enthusiasm. The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Juneau are sponsoring a food drive for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank on Saturday Feb. 12 at the following locations: Super Bear, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Safeway, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Costco, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Alaskan & Proud Market, 10a.m.-3 p.m.

Club leaders said that food insecurity is a reality facing 35 million Americans, with about one in five children and one in 10 adults in Alaska at risk of going to bed hungry tonight.

The Southeast Alaska Food bank accepts almost any non-perishable food items along with other cleaning and household supplies, except frozen foods, outdated baby food and homemade items.

People may drop off donations to the locations listed above on Saturday, or, if donors know a Rotarian they may contact them before Feb. 12.

The Rotary-sponsored food drive is one of the two biggest food drives of the year according to Darren Adams, manager of the food bank.

“I want to thank the community for its generous contributions during this important time of year. Many people think of giving during the holiday season, but it’s important to keep it going throughout the year,” Adams says.

Adams can be reached at 209-7801.

Rotary is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary Club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas.

For more information please contact Charity Mackinnon of the Glacier Valley Rotary Club at 321-0933, Annette GE Smith of the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club at 364-2533, Amanda Behrends at 209-7889 or Mark Bryan of the Juneau Rotary Club at 523-2253.

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