Rotary District 7475, Madison Rotary Foundation and numerous other Rotary Clubs have a goal of packaging 250,000 meals on Saturday, March 9, 2019 form 9 am to 4 pm.    Hunger is a very real problem for many people in our community and we are dedicated to making a difference by distributing all of the meals locally.  130,000 meals were packaged in 2017, 160,000 were packaged in 2018 and we are excited about achieving the goal of 250,000 in 2019.  Ellsworth Havens, program chair, said "we are grateful to have such a supportive community and sponsors to make a program like this happen".  We are in the process of securing donations from individuals, sponsors and corporations for this year's program.  The cost per meal is approximately 25 cents.  A contribution of $10.00 equals 40 meals; $100.00 equals 400 meals, $1,000 equals 4,000 meals.  It will take 800 onsite volunteer on March 9th to make this happen.  Volunteer registration start January 1, 2019.  Click the DONATE button to make a contribution, the VOLUNTEER button to register to help package meals, and the READ MORE link for additional details about the program.  All contributions are tax deductible.  
  
2018 Slide Show of Food Packaging
Volunteer Registration Begins in January
The Project   The End Hunger 3.6 project is a community event in which Rotarians, with the help of community volunteers, package and distribute nutritious, non-GMO, non-perishable, ready-to-cook meals to feed the hungry in our local communities.
 
The Need   Someone dies of malnutrition or starvation in the world every 3.6 seconds, hence the project name. The district is committed to tackling this issue by fighting hunger locally since, in New Jersey alone, over one million people live below the poverty line, one in five children is hungry and relies on food stamps for meals, and the number of people who go hungry and are in need of assistance in finding a meal in our area continues to rise. This project not only raises public awareness, but also provides the public with hands-on experience in helping to fight hunger and alleviate an urgent basic human need.
 
Expected Outcome   The numerous benefits for the district and clubs are:
  • Meeting an urgent and profound basic need in our local communities;
  • Providing the public in our district—people of all ages—with a hands-on Rotary humanitarian service experience;
  • Inspiring, educating, engaging and cultivating prospective Rotarians in our district, and growing Rotary through service;
  • Setting an exemplary model of leading and uniting the community in serving the less fortunate and making a difference;
  • Demonstrating our “Service Above Self” spirit throughout the district community; and
  • Transforming the Rotary brand into a tangible, life-impacting, well-recognized household name in our district and beyond.
 
Date    Saturday, March 9, 2019 (9AM – 3PM).
 
Location   Simon Forum of Drew University in Madison with parking on-site.
 
Meal Goal   Package 250,000 meals, such as Rice & Beans, Pasta with Tomato & Basil, Mac & Cheese and Oatmeal, to be distributed to local hunger-based charities and organizations that minister to the impoverished throughout the district.
 
Fundraising Goal   The cost of each meal is approximately 28 cents. The fundraising goal, including financial and in-kind gifts, is $75,000.
 
Volunteer Goal   The estimated volunteers needed are approximately 900 people on the day of the event: 400 at each of the two two-hour shifts; and another 60 lead volunteers working throughout the day-long event. Approximately 50 Rotarians will prepare and setup the venue the day prior to the event.
 
 
 
 
Past Success   (D7470)
Year
2016
2017
2018
Funds Raised
> $15,000
> $37,000
> $54,000
# of Meals Provided
52,000
123,000
180,000
Value of Meals
~ $80,000
~ $185,000
~$270,000
# of volunteers
> 250
> 500
>800
# of participating clubs
9
19
29 clubs total: 26 (D7470) and 3 (D7510)
Meal Distribution
Over 40 feeding sites in New Jersey and New York City
27 sites throughout all 5 counties, including MEND, Salvation Army, Table of Hope, Market Street Mission, Community Soup Kitchen, etc.
Over 45 sites throughout 5 counties, including Salvation Army, MEND, Market Street Mission, Community Soup Kitchen, etc.
 
 
Leadership   Madison Rotary and its Foundation will leverage their experience, skilled project leadership team, operational structure, fundraising know-how, volunteer engagement plan and marketing strategies from last three years to lead this initiative and deliver an equal or better level of amazing success for the district. Madison will be responsible for all aspects of planning, organizing and coordinating the project including, but not limited to, vendor management, operations, logistics, fundraising, volunteer registration and management. Regional district representatives will be responsible for community outreach, recipient engagement, meal distribution, marketing and publicity. Madison has already committed a significant financial contribution to the project, as it had done in 2016 through 2018.
 
Partner Clubs   A generous financial contribution of any amount by February 9th and volunteering at the event would be greatly appreciated. For 2018, the average club contribution was $1,033, ranging from $125 to $10,000. The 2019 sponsorship level starts at $500. Each partner club may also elect to reserve, in advance, boxes of packaged meals for its designated direct-feeding charity and hunger-based organization.
 
Contact Info   For additional and latest information, visit madisonrotarynj.org. If you have any questions, please contact Ellsworth Havens, End Hunger 3.6 Chair (ellsworthhavens@msn.com, 201-400-6357), or Jeannie Tsukamoto (973-410-0723).
 
Mailing Address    Madison Rotary Club Foundation- End Hunger 3.6, P.O. Box 211, Madison, NJ  07940. Madison Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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