On January 30th, 2015 the Cary Rotary Club held its 12th Annual Chili Dinner to Fight Hunger. Thanks to the generosity of 108 sponsors and numerous ticket sales the event’s profit was nearly $29,000. Add this amount to the net profits from the last eleven years and the Cary Rotary Club has contributed more than $311,000 to hunger relief agencies and efforts at home and abroad!
Our international partner has been Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based international hunger relief organization. Early contributions were used in disaster relief efforts in Southeast Asia, Africa and Haiti. Over the last several years our contributions have help fund the school feeding programs in several countries. The Cary Rotary Club was instrumental in establishing the Million Meals for Children project. Club members, family and friends have packaged millions of meals. Meals are distributed at schools, which incentivizes parents to send their children to school, increasing literacy rates. For most of the children it will be the only meal they eat that day.
Closer to home, we have donated funds to many local hunger relief agencies. Recipients over the years have included the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Society of St. Andrew, Meals on Wheels, Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, Urban Ministries, From Jesus with Love, Brown Bag Ministries, Read & Feed, Raleigh Rescue Mission, White Plains Methodist Church Food Pantry, Dorcas Ministries and Wake Relief. These organizations provide food, health care and other supplies to the poor and homeless in our area.
The Cary Rotary Club members are active participants in this yearly fundraiser. Many are sponsors, others solicit sponsorships and sell tickets, plus work shifts from 8:30AM-8:00PM the day of the event to assure each year’s Chili Dinner is a success. This year we served 1200 meals and more than 50 members volunteered their time at the event. It is a great opportunity for fun and fellowship as we fulfill Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”