85 Food Baskets For Food Bank Families

It is an annual tradition.  Rotarians and friends of the Rotary donate funds to purchase boxes of food for families served by the Arlington Community Food Bank.  Our club matches the funds donated by individuals as a contribution to the Food Bank.
In addition to the names of families, the Food Bank provides a list of items to include in the boxes.  Each family received a holiday ham in addition to all the fixin's for several meals.  Included is a card wishing the family a Happy Holiday Season.
Our service Director, Jim Kelly, and Associate Director, Adrian Adrian Abed, had the event well orchestrated, starting with ordering the food at a discounted rate from a Rotarian owned Arlington Grocery Outlet.  Thank you to Rotarian Mel Simpson and her husband Mike Simpson.  Mike is also on the Board of the Arlington Community Food Bank.
The food was loaded into our club's "train trailer" in the morning and was transported to the gymnasium at the Arlington Free Methodist Church.  The loading crew started the unloading process at the church and they were soon joined by Rotarians and their guests to complete the unloading.
85 boxes were placed on the gym floor and the food was organized by item.  One or two persons were assigned an item to make sure was placed into each box.  It worked like a well oiled machine.
The deliveries were organized by routes.  Families were called earlier in the week to tell them we were coming with the groceries. Boxes were loaded into vehicles for delivery direct to the families' doors.  Some of the boxes were delivered to the Food Bank where the family was to pick up their box.
We've lost track as to how many years we've been doing this project, but it has been at least a couple of decades.  It is only one of our regular holiday service traditions.  The club collects and helps fund and man "A Christmas Wish' gift drive and we buy and serve lunch each Christmas season for seniors at the Stillaguamish Senior Center.
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