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Springfield Rotary Taps Town’s Generosity in Food Drive

By Kaitlyn Linsner
Montgomery Media

After reading numerous articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer about hunger and how many people struggle daily to simply put food on the table, Claudia Campbell, a six-year member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Township, decided something had to be done.

“I just went to the Rotary board and said I felt it’s time to help people at home and outside of our community, to try and make a difference as far as hunger,” Campbell said. “The board was very supportive, and I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for this project.”

That project is a food drive for Philadbundance, which provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week through direct services and a network of 500 member agencies, Campbell said.

Campbell chairs the project with the help of a committee comprising Rotary President Roseann Nyiri, member Mandy Helwig, honorary Rotarian Bea Gardner and Joe Bonus, owner of Bonus Marketing.

“Since I’ve started this food drive I could not get over how many individuals have shared their stories and been honest enough to tell me they need to make use of food cupboards,” she said. “It’s happening right in our own community.”

The drive starts Nov. 8 and runs through Jan. 16 of next year with multiple food drop-off locations throughout the township including Zion Lutheran Church in Flourtown, Grace Lutheran Church in Wyndmoor, First Niagara Bank in Flourtown and Sandy Run Country Club in Oreland.

Schools and other organizations are helping out as well by hosting food drive events such as the Santa Food Fight for Hunger event at the Flourtown Fire Company on Nov. 26.

“The people in this community and even surrounding communities have been incredible,” Campbell said. “There are so many people on board.”

The Rotary also plans to match a dollar for every pound of food donated and dollar for dollar in monetary donations up to $10,000. All of the food and proceeds will be given to Philabundance in hopes of helping in the fight against hunger.

“It’s important not just for Rotarians but for people in our community and surrounding communities to help,” Campbell said. “I feel we can really make a difference.”

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