Rotary Club of Tyler Gives Major Contribution to the East Texas Food Bank
PHOTO: Presenting the Rotary Club of Tyler check to the East Texas Food Bank are (L) Rotary Club of Tyler President George Robert, Rotary Club of Tyler Past-President David L. Jones, Rotary Club of Tyler President-Elect Dr. D.M. Edwards, East Texas Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Dennis Cullinane.
Tyler, Texas (May 17, 2019) – Board Members of the Rotary Club of Tyler were all smiles as they presented a $50,000 check to the East Texas Food Bank on Thursday, May 16. The funds will benefit the recently built Tyler Rotary Repackaging Room.
“We are extremely excited to be able to give this large donation to a local organization that serves so many in our community,” says Rotary Club of Tyler President, George Roberts. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to come together for the benefit of others.”
The Rotary Club of Tyler fundraising efforts for this project began in 2017 to provide this $50,000 check for the Repackaging Room. Under the leadership of then Rotary President David L. Jones, a need was identified at the East Texas Food Bank and a campaign among Rotary Club of Tyler members was started to reach this goal.
“We saw a need in the community and wanted to make an impact at the local level. The motto of Rotary International is Service Above Self, and this project was a great we to serve the needs of those in East Texas,” said Jones.
The Tyler Rotary Repackaging Room is a larger version of the previous repackaging room. The new room allows volunteers to work in a clean, sanitary environment to repackage rice, beans, and other bulk staples into smaller individual sizes.
The Repackaging Room is part of the East Texas Food Bank capital campaign project, titled “More Space. More Meals.: Our Blueprint to Fight Hunger.”
The “More Space. More Meals.” campaign was started to ensure those who are at risk of hunger in East Texas have access to the food they need. It was determined that an expansion and renovation of the current facilities would be a crucial measure in reaching the food bank’s long-term strategic distribution goals.
The East Texas Food Bank distributes food to a network of more than 200 partner agencies and feeding programs, located across 26 counties, and spanning an area of nearly 20,000 square miles. They also operate other successful anti-hunger programs, nutrition education programs, and a benefits assistance program.