We’re bringing back ‘Cans In a Box’ in January

This was the scene last year when then-President April Dowd packed the latest load of donated food items.
This was the scene last year when then-President April Dowd packed the latest load of donated food items.

Every year during the major Thanksgiving-New Year holiday season, local food banks are inundated with requests for help beyond the usual demands they try to fulfill.

That means the post-holiday period causes additional stress on them as they try to restock their supplies. That is why last year the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club held a post-holiday food drive we called “Cans In a Box.” It was so well received, we’re going to do it again. And, again this year, the East Greenbush YMCA will partner with us in soliciting food donations and helping distribute them once the drive ends.

You can help by bringing to the January 8, 15 and 22 club meetings a variety of non-perishable food items. We then will distribute them to the smaller local food pantries we have helped in the past, those that have the most difficulty restocking:

• The CEO Food Pantry in Troy, which serves much of Southern Rensselaer County

• The Anchor pantry of Cooperative Christian Ministries of Schodack in Castleton

• The New Hope for Life Ministries pantry in Nassau

We selected those food pantries because they are geographically situated to cover as much of our club’s “sphere of influence” as possible.

A few suggestions for donations:

Canned soups, chili, vegetables, fruits, tuna, salmon, sauces, gravies, pasta dishes, baby foods … whatever you can think of.

We also will accept dried or powdered foods such as pastas, instant potatoes, microwaveable rice, soup mixes, easy-bake dishes, dried fruits, puddings, nuts, trail mixes, granola bars, cereals, cake mixes, bread mixes …

But please, NOTHING in glass containers.

If each member brings just a few items to each of the three meetings, we can quickly amass a substantial gift that will go a long way to help many local families in need of nutritional assistance.

As always, thank you for your generosity and for being “Rotarians” rather than simply “members of Rotary.” THAT difference makes ALL the difference.

A Happy New Year to you and yours.

— President Bill


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