May 14, 2020 – The South Hall Rotary Club presented a $1,000 check to South Hall Community Food Pantry as part of the club’s efforts to assist with food insecurity during COVID-19.
The check was a collaboration of funds from the club and a matching grant from Rotary District 6910’s District Designated Funds program stated Rotary President Rena Pendley.
Mary Alice Swope, board member for the South Hall Community Food Pantry, said they “very much appreciate the contribution,” considering the number of people they were serving during the pantry’s open hours.
Almost all the food banks within the community have seen a spike in the number of meals served per day due to recent events with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meal center has been packaging and distributing meals rather than seating people. It is serving more than 100 meals per service, an uptick of 20 to 30 meals per service.
The food pantry is open to those in need on Monday evenings and Thursday and Saturday mornings and relies mostly on food obtained from the Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville.
“This money will go a long way to help us in obtaining food from the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for our clients,” board member Fred Skey said.
The South Hall Rotary club typically meets weekly for lunch at The Oaks at Lanier College Career Academy but since the start of shelter in place for COVID-19 our meetings have transitioned to virtual zoom environments. They welcome anyone who is interested in joining Rotary or seeing what Rotary is all about to join them at no charge on Wednesday’s at noon.