Members of Gilbert Rotary, and guests, toured the facility of Midwest Food Bank on Thursday, August 24th. Executive Director and former Gilbert Rotarian, Lauren Leverette, explained how quickly the work at this agency location has grown in just six months, from serving a few local charities to over 120! Volunteers from all over the East Valley meet six days a week to receive food donations, stock, label, assign and deliver it back to local charities which feed the hungry in our community. Saturdays are especially crazy as hundreds of volunteers meet from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. to package food for deliveries in the coming week. This faith-based charity at several locations in the United States and Africa, was founded by the Kieser farm family in Peoria, Illinois, which remains actively involved in serving over 1400 agencies world wide. Two semi loads of food were already headed to Texas for relief from Hurricane Harvey which is expected to make landfall this weekend.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Gilbert Rotary to serve within its own community, to meet and interact with volunteers from other agencies in a sustained effort and to get our brand out there.