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Rotarians prepare spring break meal bags for local students

April 30, 2013
  • Among those taking part in the meal bag project were, from left, Rebecca Hogamier, Ed Schreiber, Andrew Lobley, Carmen Fox, Bill Christoffel and Pam Christoffel. Absent from the photo are Tory VanReenen, Dwayne Shrader, Dave Jordan and Brian Kenworthy.
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Concerned about hungry children and their families in Washington County, a group of Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary members and many other volunteers prepared more than 500 spring break meal bags for distribution around the area.

Support from donors at the Community Foundation of Washington County, Weiss Market in Boonsboro, the Maryland Food Bank-Western Branch, and Cutting Edge Ministries/Raven House made the project possible.

Each bag included a ham slice, canned vegetables and fruits, macaroni and cheese, rice, gravy, boxed juice and brownie mix. 

Eligible children were identified by the Washington County Public Schools system. 

Volunteers distributed the bags on March 30 at 22 sites in Hagerstown, Hancock, Clear Spring, Smithsburg, Boonsboro, and elsewhere in the county. 

Bags not picked up that morning were delivered to area food pantries for later distribution to those in need. 

Thanks go to the Community Action Council, which served as fiscal agent for the project and to Kathy Powderly and Carol Brashears for their advice and counsel. Without the support of the staff and volunteers at Raven House, the bags would not have been packed.

Sunrise volunteers included Bill Christoffel, Pam Christoffel, Carmen Fox, Rebecca Hogamier, David Jordan, Brian Kenworthy, Andrew Lobley, Ed Schreiber, Dwayne Shrader, Tory VanReenen and the St. Maria Goretti High School Interact Club.

Other supporters were Professor Daniel Madran and his students from Hagerstown Community College, Brent Bailey and the Williamsport Rotary Interact students, Melissa and David Bartles, Lisha Bikle, Mike Cline, Cliff Engle, the Holsinger family, Ron Horn and the Antietam Fire Co., Darrell Layman, Laura and Ed Maloy, Father McCarty, Gary Phillips, Elaine Rose, Mark Stahr. Stephanie and Douglas Stone, Leigh Ann Stotelmyer and Teresa Thorn. 

The project was coordinated by Rotary Club of Hagerstown-Sunrise members Pam and Bill Christoffel.

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