Rotary Clubs in District 5440, which covers Northern Colorado, Wyoming, W Nebraska and SE Idaho are donating $53,000 to the Food Banks and pantries which serve communities in the four- state area.
The money was donated by Rotarians in the 53 clubs in the District and the Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund.
The donations went to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Food Bank for Larimer County, Weld Food Bank, Food Bank of the Rockies serving Moffat, Logan and Sedgwick Counties, Lift Up for Routt County and the United Way of Western Nebraska. These donations will provide 212,000 meals to people affected by the COVID -19 pandemic.
Rotarians are people of action and know that the staff and volunteers of our area Food Bank work tirelessly to help those in need. Many Rotarians volunteer regularly at their Food Banks and understand firsthand the needs in each area.
Rotary District Governor Chris Woodruff, from Greeley, Colorado said Rotarians were looking for a way to have a positive impact in our communities during the pandemic. The partnership with the Food Banks allows Rotarians to make a significant contribution to those in need.
Rotary is an international organization with 1.2 million members worldwide who are committed to the ideal of 'Service Above Self". Rotarians work tirelessly around in the own communities and around the world to improve access to clean water, literacy and education, disease eradication, economic development, and peacebuilding. Since 1985, Rotarians have been at the forefront of the fight to eliminate polio from the world.
In addition to helping the Food banks, Rotary clubs continue to work on ways to help in their local communities. Ongoing projects include distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), as well as support for local healthcare workers, businesses, and other non-profits.
Many Rotary clubs are now meeting via Zoom, instead of the traditional meeting. This is a great way to stay connected and keep doing good thinks in the world, said DG Woodruff.