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Rotary clubs donate 10,000 pounds of food to HOPE

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The Lancaster, Lancaster Breakfast and Indian Land Rotary clubs recently competed against each other in The Great 2010 Rotary Food Challenge and contributed 5 tons of food, or 10,000 pounds, to HOPE in Lancaster.
Along with a strategic partnership with the Indian Land Walmart, Indian Land Rotary collected the most pounds during the competition.
“The Rotary Club Food Challenge was a fun way to fulfill our motto of ‘Service Above Self, ‘ ” said the Rev Dr. Bert Welch, president of the Lancaster Rotary Club. “The competition was the fun part, but ultimately everyone knew the true purpose was to help some hurting families in our community. It is important to let our community know and see the Rotary ideals being lived out in a manner that makes a difference to them and the community.”
Indian Land Rotary President Tracy Little echoed Welch’s comments.
“When the Lancaster County Rotary clubs work in unison, we make a formidable team,” Little said. “We owe the Indian Land Walmart our gratitude in helping us reach beyond our goals. The competition between the clubs adds flavor, but the real winner is HOPE.”
The clubs specifically focused on donating food that HOPE needs the most, such as cooking oil, grits, canned milk, canned vegetables, sugar, cornmeal and flour.
“When we heard HOPE’s Director Elaine Adkins speak about how many of the winter food drives that had been held at companies for years weren’t going to be as big due to downsizing or weren’t even happening, we knew we had to contribute in some way to help our county out,” said Sharon Novinger, president of Lancaster Breakfast Rotary. “I was thrilled to see the response from the three clubs.”
Elated by the clubs’ response
“I appreciate so much how each club stepped up to make a difference, because this did make a major difference to so many families in town,” Adkins said. “People have been so appreciative of what they were able to receive.”
For more information about HOPE in Lancaster, call (803) 286-4673 or e-mail hopelanc@comporium.net.
The Rotary clubs in Lancaster County include  about 200 members and are part of a network of more than 33,800 Rotary clubs worldwide with more than 1.2 million members.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.