On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Madison Rotary and the Madison Rotary Foundation with the help of community volunteers, sponsors, Rotary Clubs in District 7470 will package and distribute 250,000 nutritious, ready to cook meals to feed the hungry in our local communities.  Currently we are securing sponsors, partner Rotary Clubs, and organizing all of the details necessary to make this event a success.  800 volunteers will be needed to help package meals.  Volunteer sign up will start in January.  Donations are needed to help pay for the cost of the project.  A $100 contribution will pay for 333 meals - please consider supporting End Hunger 3.6 by clicking the donate button below.
The Rotary Club of Madison and Madison Rotary Foundation (“Madison”) invite all district 7470 clubs to participate in the End Hunger 3.6 project. We summarize this worthy initiative as follows:
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.
Event Date   Saturday, March 10, 2018 (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 $70,000.
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  
Funds Raised
> $15,000
> $37,000
# of Meals Provided
Value of Meals
~ $80,000
~ $185,000
# of volunteers
> 250
> 500
# of participating clubs
Meal Distribution
Over 40 feeding sites in New Jersey and New York City
27 sites throughout all 5 counties in the district, including the Salvation Army, MEND, Table of Hope, 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 two 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, recipient engagement, community outreach, marketing and publicity. Madison has already committed a significant financial contribution to the project, as it had done in 2016 and 2017.
Partner clubs   A generous financial contribution of any amount and volunteering at the event would be greatly appreciated. For 2017, the average club contribution was $325, ranging from $250 to $1,000. The 2018 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.
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.
Contact Info   For additional and latest information, visit www.madisonrotarynj.org. If you have any questions, please contact Ellsworth Havens, End Hunger 3.6 Chair (ellsworthhavens@icloud.com, 201-400-6357), or Jeannie Tsukamoto (atsukamoto@msn.com, 973-410-0723).