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Area Rotarians Helping Mountaineer Food Bank

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BUCKHANNON -

Several months of hard work paid off when Rotarians of District 7530 brought some Christmas cheer a little bit early.

Rotary Districts from Central West Virginia, India, and Puerto Rico made a $50,000 donation to buy turkeys and fuel for the Mountaineer Food Bank on Tuesday.

"We're spending $25,000 of that grant money to purchase 2,107 turkeys that we're donating to the Mountaineer Food Bank, and they'll be distributed through a dozen or so communities in Central West Virginia for folks who need a holiday turkey," said Jody Light, district chair for The Rotary Foundation.

The purchase was made possible thru the Rotary Foundation's Matching Grant Program with funds generated from individual Rotary member's contributions and matched with funds from Rotarians in India and Puerto Rico totaling $25,000.

Those funds were then matched 100 percent by the Rotary Foundation for a total project cost and donation of $50,000. The remaining $25,000 will purchase fuel for the food bank's daily pick-up and deliveries throughout most of the state. Last year, a $40,000 matching grant provided similar assistance to the food bank which services feeding programs in 48 of West Virginia's 55 counties.

The Buckhannon Walmart provided the best price possible, pre-ordering, and also stored the turkeys in a special freezer trailer.

"Mountaineer Food Bank helps support families in need throughout the state which we're proud to be a part of that, glad to support the Upshur County Rotary and help them in anyway we can, and proud to be a part of it," said Chad McIntyre, Buckhannon Walmart manager.

Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self", and Rotary members said what better way to brighten someone's day than a gift provided by Rotarians.

"This is two years in a row, so past district governor and myself as district governor that we have set a goal for all of our 31 clubs to support the Mountaineer Food Bank, because it's a great partnership, it's a great match in the community because it supports the communities that Rotary supports," said Greg Smith, Rotary District 7530 Governor.

The food bank will begin distributing the turkeys in the next few days to feeding programs in 21 communities providing a hot holiday meal for an estimated 10 to 12,000 people.

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