Through a remarkable combination of ingenuity, planning, hard word, and community outreach, Rotary Club of Vineland on June 11 will pack 20,000 six-person family meals for distribution to local food banks.
For this “Hunger Project.” Rotary is partnering with Feeding Children Everywhere, a worldwide charity that provides ingredients for simple, protein-rich food. One hundred volunteers will gather from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to compile those components into nutritious, ready-to-eat packages for food insecure families in greater Cumberland County.
The extraordinary project is only one ingredient short: You. Rotary is asking local residents to be “Hunger Heroes” with tax-deductible donations large and small to pay for the red lentils, rice, and vegetables for each serving packet. From a $500 donation giving food to 2,000 needy families down to $100 for 400 of them, everyone’s effort is key to the Hunger Project’s success.
Even though Feeding Children Everywhere usually ships meal packets around the world, this food is staying local.
“Many of our children sometimes don’t get regular nourishing meals, especially in the summer when there’s no school; it’s important for Rotary to help right here to directly confront the problem,” said club president Susanna Philippoussis.
An individual serving provides 15 grams of protein and 11 of fiber with just a trace of sugar, a strikingly nutritious combination.
There are three methods to contribute. Online, go to donate.vinelandrotary.com. By mail, send your check payable to Vineland Rotary Charities to P.O. Box 7, Vineland, N.J. 08362. To have your donation conveniently picked up at your home or office, call Frank Rumick at 856-723-5817.
To volunteer for a chance to be one of the hundred helpers on June 11 at the Salvation Army building in Vineland, email Gail Marino at GMarino@BayAtlanticFCU.org or call her at 856-696-2525 ext 5391. You may also call Susanna at 856-979-1116 or Bonnie Laube at 856-691-0424.
The local Hunger Project food pantries include: Vineland Salvation Army; Bridgeton Salvation Army; Buena Salvation Army; Cumberland County Shelter; Casa Prac, Vineland; Spirit & Truth Ministries, Vineland; Bethany Grace Church, Bridgeton; St. Vincent DePaul, Vineland; and Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Vineland New Jersey USA
What is Rotary?
As an organization of Vineland-area business and professional men and women, we stand united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in our local community and the world.
Our worldwide motto is: SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
We are a local chapter of Rotary International, which has determined that its primary focus is the eradication of polio worldwide. The virus of this crippling disease has been eliminated from almost every corner of the world, save for a few remote areas in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
In addition, our club has been involved with raising money to provide fresh water wells for thousands of residents in Nigeria.
In our communities, the Vineland Rotary Club supports charitable activities, such as an annual Christmas party for special needs students in Vineland, the distribution of free dictionaries to 3rd grade students, awarding scholarships to high school students to help offset college costs, organizing the Challenger League which enables mentally and physically handicapped children to play baseball, partnership with Pedals for Progress to refurbish and donate used bicycles and sewing machines to residents in developing countries, and much more.
The Rotary club of Vineland has roughly 90 members – the second-largest club in Rotary District 7640. Our meetings take place every Tuesday at 12:10 PM at the Ramada Inn, Route 55 & Landis Avenue in Vineland. Occasionally we go off site for special occasions. Please review our events calendar for current information.