Help us feed hundreds of elementary school children and their families who will face food shortages during July and August when schools are closed and free lunch programs suspended. The Rotary Club of Orlando is working to raise $25,000 to provide four schools with funds to purchase food from our local food bank for distribution to qualified children.
THE PANDEMIC WILL CAUSE SOME KIDS TO BE SHORT OF FOOD THIS SUMMER
Hundreds of families of elementary school children who attend the four Title 1 schools in Orlando could go hungry in July and August. As schools close for the summer, school food programs may not meet the needs of those families most economically challenged by the Pandemic. Soaring unemployment and homelessness are making the challenges even greater.
That is why the Rotary Club of Orlando and The Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation, have undertaken their most aggressive fund-raising effort ever to raise $25,000, to provide funds to purchase food from our local food bank, Second Harvest. These funds will help us make weekly food distributions to the students and their families during July and August, until the school year begins.
“We believe so strongly in this effort that our club has committed up to $8,000 of our funds to support this most important effort and we ask everyone to help," said Bill Peeper, current president of the club. “We have been working with some of these schools for many years to support reading and literacy programs so we know the principals, who in turn, know, first hand, the families that are most in need. These are, indeed, dedicated educators.”
“I, and the other principals are thankful for the pro-active efforts of the Rotary Club of Orlando,” explained Sam Danner, club member and principal of Ivey Lane Elementary. “There is no more efficient way to provide food for those families in need than partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank which enables those who qualify, including our schools, to purchase approximately five pounds of food for every one dollar spent.”
All contributions are tax deductible and as funds are received they will be deposited into each school’s account at Second Harvest Food Bank, based on the number of students being served by that school. That account is only accessible by the school principals, or their designates. The elementary schools we will be working with include: Ivey Lane Elementary, Washington Shores Elementary, Rock Lake Elementary and Eccleston Elementary.
We hope you will join our efforts…THANK YOU for helping make a difference.
WHAT IS THE ROTARY CLUB OF ORLANDO? Our club was officially chartered by Rotary International on May 12, 1920, …yes, we are a 100 year old service club. In fact, we are the oldest and the largest such club in Central Florida. Our 130 members serve the community by supporting and funding elementary school literacy programs outside the school, scholarships for college bound students, student foreign exchange programs, and construction of school houses (21)in Kenya to name but some of our major projects. More information about our club may be found at https://orlandorotary.org.