It is true that Partnering with Purpose works because we have many projects which we are collaborating with other organizations rather than competing with each other. At the moment many communities are facing complex challenges and find convoluted, redundant systems of services and organizations to be discouraging. We, the Rotary club of Branchburg, with motto of “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” decided to utilize the kitchen at the Bound Brook Presbyterian church to cook our food and then we found out that the church was also giving out food for food insured individuals in the community so we decide to work with them to engage in a meaningful, coordinated partnership and the final result has been excellent.
THE HUNGER IS REAL and the need is great. Every small donation counts. We have been successful due to our connection and partnership with many local organizations.
COVID Hunger Project
The Rotary Club of Branchburg has been distributing fresh food as well as cooked meals at the Presbyterian church in Bound Brook for community people who lacks transportation to receive food from the Somerset Food Bank. Rotary Club of Branchburg has been working on Hunger project for more than 5 years. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic food insecurity has increased in our community. This is particularly true for households with young children. We realized that Bound Brook’s resident community was not able to receive food due to lack of transportation said club president Jody Dipine. In addition, many fellow Branchburg Rotarians are delivering weekly food donations to the Lamont School Bound Brook food kitchen, St. John’s church in Somerville and Senior center in Somerville as well.
Knowing that the community has many families that are struggling, due to conditions brought on by COVID-19, the Rotary Club wanted to do more for our community. The club has already donated more than $100,000 worth of food from various food drives and food collocation from local food stores.
With the support of our club’s members and award winning chef Jim McGrady has been cooking food ever since early February to feed more than 500 people each week. Our new fresh food distribution on Sundays feed more than 350 people each week.
According to Joe Horner, member of the Branchburg Rotary club, “We are happy to be able to distribute fresh food to our local needy people. The food distribution at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church from 1 to 2 pm draws more than 100 families each week. We would like to continue this project, but your support is urgently needed to continue this humanitarian project in our own community. Please help to feed people who are affected by COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Your small donation of $5 will feed one person. If you like to help, please support clicking these links. https://gofund.me/724ddb94 or https://go.eventgroovefundraising.com/7862bf
Be a part of this great challenge and make a difference in our community. According to Bill Stabile, member of the Hunger Project “Now more than ever, we must come together as a community to help one another. Rotary has a long history of showing support in many ways to both local organizations and international service projects, and we are proud to carry on that strong tradition with our current members.”
The Rotary Club of Branchburg has been serving our community and communities around the world for the last 33 years and is always welcoming new members who are interested in giving back to their community. Check us out on Facebook to learn more about the great work the club is doing: http://www.facebook.com/Branchburgrotary/ or visit our website http://www.portal.clubrunner.ca/3078/ or you can donate here https://go.eventgroovefundraising.com/7862bf.