Posted by Christie Scheffer on Dec 04, 2017
Although most children rejoice at the idea of holiday time and being out of school, to many children this represents a time of hunger. During school, kids have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
When school is out, kids go hungry,
 
The Rotary Club of Silverdale decided to do something about this.
 
 
On Nov. 30th, members met to pack 200 bags containing food: breakfast, lunch and dinner. These bags were transported to nine different schools: 3 High Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 1 Community School and 2 Elementary Schools.
 
A LOT of behind the scenes work went on to prepare for the Big Packing Day.
Pictured above: Serah and Paul Peterson in the front; family friend Ted, President Kim and Silas Peterson in the back. They purchased many supplies and inventoried them before the event.  Kim's Mom was involved, too - definitely a Family Affair!
 
My daughter Tess and I purchased many supplies and inventoried them.  Elayne Burton also bought many supplies, and Rotarians donated food or money.  Nancy Whitaker put together an extra bag at the last minute when we realized we were one short.
 
Drivers who delivered food bags: Scott and Dina Weninger, Peggy Templeton, Steve Slaton, Cathy Bisaillon, Mary Hoover, Pete Dawson, Jim Adkins, Rick Soper, Nancy Whitaker, Frank Guthrie and son, and Mechelle Hoerer,. 
 
Pete Dawson made many flat cart runs to load cars before he loaded his own. David Jordan and Erin Leedham pitched in on many a flat cart run!
 
The schools welcomed them with warmth and appreciation! Counselors and teachers emailed their appreciation the day of delivery and in the days following, sharing how much it would mean for the children they serve. They are involved in these children’s lives and care about what happens to them when they are not in school. They shared that this food would make a difference.
 
And that is what Rotary stands for! To stand in the gap for the vulnerable in our community and in the community abroad.  We will continue the food bags project as the year progresses!
 
Thank you for all who donated and participated in the packing and delivering of the bags of food. Our purchasers of food, inventory specialists, packers and delivery folks!
Rotarians have FUN when we are helping others!
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A very special thank you to Erin Leedham (Pictured below with her Director of Security Robert Webb at Kitsap Mall)
She made space available in the Mall to store, inventory, and pack the food. Her team of security guards were so friendly and helpful in so many ways! On the day of packing Erin provided carts and graciously offered to clean up! 
Erin's Kitsap Mall Santa (above) even made an appearance to entertain the hard working crowd.
 
Thank you to all! Rotary shined a light into our community! Let’s keep it shining!