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Meals Delivered to Area Families

Rotary Food Pantry Meals 1Sixty families in Russell County are receiving nutritious, easy-to-cook meals through the Russell County Food Pantry due to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Russell.

This project is part of a coordinated effort of Rotary Clubs across Kansas and the panhandle of Oklahoma to distribute food to over 6,300 families during this time of food insecurity, job loss and pandemic worries.

Rotary International President Mark Maloney recently posted, "Rotary offers something no other organization can match – an existing infrastructure which allows people from all over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace."

Rotary was able to capitalize on its existing infrastructure throughout Kansas and Oklahoma to provide food to people who need food at this challenging time. The Rotary Club of Russell, along with 59 other clubs, are partnering with local food distribution agencies to deliver 3,600 boxes of ready-to-cook meals. Each box includes seven meals with each meal serving six people. The positive outcome is that a family can be ensured to have nutritious food for at least one meal per day for a week.Rotary Food Pantry Meals 2

On Friday morning, Rotary Clubs throughout the central Kansas area met in Russell to unload and distribute a semi-truck load of food for area food pantries in 19 surrounding communities. The Rotary Club of Russell delivered 68 boxes of shelf-stable meals to the Russell County Food Pantry. Each box contains seven meals for six people, which equates to a total of 2,856 nutritious meals for those in need in Russell County.

The Rotary Club of Russell is a group of community leaders who come together to serve others, help those in need and make a lasting impact in the community. The Rotary Club of Russell was founded in 1924 and most recently has spearheaded the construction of the Memorial Park Walking Trail and the soon-to-be-completed footbridge in Fossil Park. The club's newest project is the construction of a splash pad in downtown Russell, which the club is funding through the sale of engraved bricks.

Rotary Food Pantry Meals 3Rotary International consists of over 1.2 million people worldwide having sustainable impact on ending Polio, bringing clean water to remote areas, helping to educate children and promoting global peace.

For more information about this meal project or purchasing a brick for the splash pad, please contact Andrea Krauss at 785-445-2528.

(Information and photos courtesy Andrea Krauss. Shown in photos: Rotarians Dannie'll Heaton, Shelly Swayne and Andrea Krauss, along with Cathy Berry of the Food Pantry. Many thanks to Jon Birky of Klema's Apple Market for unloading the truck with his fork lift.)

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