70,000 meals to feed the hungry and five tons of food sent to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico!!! That’s the result of the latest food-packaging event organized by Babylon Rotary. Over 300 volunteers participated in the February 3rd, “Babylon/Bay Shore End Hunger” event, co-sponsored by the Rotary and Lions Clubs of Babylon, the Bay Shore Rotary Club, and The First Presbyterian Church of Babylon.  
During our first event in 2016 we packaged 30,000 nutritious meals for distribution to local food pantries and soup kitchens. That number doubled to 60,000 meals when we were joined by the Babylon Lions Club for our second “Babylon Ends Hunger” event last November.
 
Supplies for the meals are purchased through the Outreach Program, managed by the End Hunger NE branch. The combined total of meals packaged during our three events helped push the End Hunger NE total of meals for the hungry past the two million mark.
 
This outstanding humanitarian event has tremendous community support, attracting volunteers of all ages, from five-year-oldsto octogenarians. Local civic organizations such as Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Long Island Cares also joined in, the latter arranging for the shipment of food to Puerto Rico.
 
This project is another example of the great work done by pur community service organizations to help those in need at home and abroad. It also illustrates the creativity, organizing skills, and hard work that Rotarians routinely demonstrate in service to our local and world-wide community. Congratulations to Project Chair Megan Noble and all who helped make this event a great success.