End Hunger 3.6

Thanks to people like you, End Hunger 3.6 was a tremendous success!

 

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On a Saturday March 21st, six local area clubs of Rotary District 7475 (including the Rotary Clubs of Hamilton Township, Montgomery-Rocky Hill, Princeton, Princeton Corridor, Robbinsville Hamilton and Trenton) were scheduled to co-host a large community collaborative effort called “End Hunger 3.6” to help fight food insecurity in and around the Mercer County area. Over $35,000 in individual and corporate funds were raised and 700 plus volunteers were signed up to package 150,000 meals from The Outreach Program, a non-profit that provides food packing events around the country. Those original plans were forced on hold when Governor Murphy closed The College of New Jersey and other institutions due to COVID-19. Now in a new partnership with the Hightstown Elks Lodge #1955 , the End Hunger 3.6 meal packing event was a tremendous success!

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“Due to the COVID-19 crisis, nutrient-dense, shelf stable, easy-to-prepare meals are in high demand across our region by Food Banks and senior-service agencies” states Bill Coleman, President of the Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club and Co-Chair of the local End Hunger 3.6 initiative. As the requests for help began pouring in to The Outreach Program, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa (www.outreachprogram.org), they immediately began working on a new smaller-scale meal packaging model that would work within the nationally mandated 6’ social distancing guidelines, yet still provide much needed support to the local communities. Working directly with Ted Swartwood, Regional Manager NY/NJ for The Outreach Program and Lou Gamba, Jr. Exalted Ruler/President of the Hightstown Elks Lodge #1955 a new community-service partnership has been formed.


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