5 August 2013 — Hunger










On Sunday, 4 August, 2013, our Rotary Club facilitated our fourth One More Item Public Food Drive, at Gelson’s Market in Sherman Oaks, California, US. Gelson’s is kind enough to allow us to set up at both entrance doors; Valley Food Bank and our friend Humberto Barba drops off the empty barrels we need (and happily collects the full ones at the end of the day); the generous shoppers make the magic by adding one more item (often more) to their shopping carts and then dropping the donated food off with us on the way out.

Of note: how many people had us a can or a box or a jar…and then they thank us! They are grateful to be given the opportunity to be part of the solution. We can give people the opportunity to vaccinate children and save them from polio through our Dance for the Children; we can give people the opportunity to serve by sharing with them the opportunity to become part of our Rotary Club; isn’t that better than hogging all the good feelings for ourselves?

For this week’s program, here are some reminders of why we do what we do for local hunger and food insecurity, along with some examples of what other Clubs do. If you have never seen our tour of Valley Food Bank’s warehouse, and our conversation with Food Bank Director Will Hernandez (special appearance by Humberto), today would also be a good time to take a look:

OUR 8 OCTOBER 2012 E-CLUB PROGRAM, VALLEY FOOD BANK (then click on This Week’s Program in the Links menu at right to return here to this week)

See if these give you any ideas for the future:

Some great Rotary work in Florida

A club fundraiser for a local organization (not our favorite idea; we want to provide service, not fund the folks who provide service, but this still raises ideas to consider)

Many RI-encouraged hunger project ideas (check out some of the links within this blog post, too)

What can we do, along with our One More Item Public Food Drives, to help?



6 responses to 5 August 2013 — Hunger

  1. It’s so heartwarming to see so many Rotarians involved in fighting hunger! Way to go on Sunday the 4th, E-Club Team!
    We collected quite a bit by the end of the day!

  2. Great work on the food drive. Sorry we couldn’t be there this time. We are looking forward to the Dance for the Children.

  3. It’s sad the amount of hunger in our own community. What else can we do? I’d love for our club to volunteer to serve a meal at one of the local missions. Or put together sack lunches for the residents of a shelter who are usually required to leave during the day. I look forward to seeing other ideas.

  4. Food Drives are among my favorite community projects. It’s a win-win-win, for the donors, recipients and Rotarians. Thank you for inviting me to participate.

  5. Both my son and I had a great time helping out at the food drive. The video at the Valley Food Bank shows what happens with the food after it’s collected. Which is great for public awareness.
    Here’s to 8 barrels next time!

  6. Great Food Drive! It was a wonderful experience once again, meeting new people and familiar faces. I particularly had a great time to get to know Reed and his son. We received lots of food and dozens of “thank-yous.” Yes, let’s do 8 barrels next time!

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