Rotary Club of Rye is holding its 4th annual Food Drive through November 17th. Through donations of food and personal necessities, Rotary is helping stock pantries that provide direct service to those in need in our community and nearby.
This giving season, the club is collecting:
• Toiletries, such as toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, and deodorant;
• Foods such as rice, beans, pasta, soup, tuna, oatmeal, tomato sauce, vegetable oil, and shelf-stable milk;
• Diapers, which are a in high demand at pantries and shelters.
The club has set up three drop-off locations in downtown Rye: Chase Bank, 73 Purchase Street; Citibank, 120 Boston Post Road, and Webster Bank, 72 Purchase Street.
“With a challenging economy and high inflation rate, food insecurity has skyrocketed in Westchester County,” said Rye Rotary President Lauren Torres,” “so our club will continue to do its part to ensure individuals and families have food and necessities for the Thanksgiving holiday.”
Last year, the club collected and distributed more than 1,000 pounds of food and 1,400 diapers to nonprofits that offer assistance over the holidays. “Rotary International’s motto is service above self,” noted Torres, “and the Rotary Club of Rye is dedicated to helping others year-round.”
This year marks Rye Rotary’s 61st year of service. The club and the associated Rye Rotary Foundation have given more than $100,000 in annual scholarships to Rye High School students over the years. Club members roll up their sleeves and help at community events. They also donate to international projects, such as building and maintaining clean water wells in rural areas of Africa.
Rye Rotary is one of approximately 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries.