When food banks are not open, where do people find food? Gig Harbor helped by constructing 5 food pantries and stocking them in rural areas of Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula, where food shortages are very high. The club worked with local groups to identify locations, worked with the sites to develop expectations for monitoring and fulfillment, and partnered with the FISH Foodbank and the KP Bischoff Food Bank, as well as Back Pack for Kids to help. The club has assigned a club member as a steward for each pantry and worked with the five food supply hosts who agreed to allow the club to construct pantries. Thousands of people have been helped with the food from Foodbanks and Rotary each month.
The steward for a pantry coordinates with the host site to make sure the Pantries are adequately stocked. The Little Food Pantries are painted in Rotary colors and a sign is attached to each Pantry showing the club’s name.
The 21-22 District Grant for $1,000 helped with the project. Danial Ross Wilson, Lonna Calas, Stephen M. Rainbolt, and Adison Richards lead the grant proposal to success. Over twenty club Rotarians have participated in the project.
Congratulations to the Gig Harbor Midday club for helping with food insecurity in their area.