Day of Service Food Drive

Friday, August 27, 2021 By: Linda W. Lymas

Please see the below comments from Linda Lymas, Assistant Governor for Southern MD, Area 12, regarding their area food drive.

The food drive was set up in front of a local grocery store. The morning of Saturday August 21 was a beautiful day in Southern Maryland. It was a perfect opportunity for caring, sharing and greeting the happy shoppers who entered and exited the McKay’s Grocery Store in California, MD. Thanks to the wonderful people and dedicated group of volunteers, we exceeded goals in all areas: donations, service hours and volunteers.

The food drive started around 9:00am and ended at 1:00 pm, including time for set up and closing. Our goal was to have at least eight volunteers but was delighted to have 14 volunteers helping to ensure the service activity was a success. Total service hours for group numbered 50.5 hours.

Food items and funds were donated to Feed St. Mary’s Food Bank in St.Mary’s County for distribution to local pantries and soup kitchens. Southern Maryland Rotarians collected $500.00 in cash donations and approximately 450 pounds of food.

There were three guest participants, a future Rotarian, the food bank manager, and a food bank volunteer. There was an opportunity for Rotary members to show donors how to use the QR code to get to the Rotary website. The group distributed post cards with Rotary information. Other clubs involved were Bonds Meadow, Westminster, Howard West.

Overall, we made a difference and changed lives in a very short time period.

Click the READ MORE link below for photos from the event.

Upcoming Monthly Service Days – Third Saturday’s

August  – Food Drive
September  – Watershed/Community Clean Up
October – Polio Awareness Event / Food Drive on local Recreational and High School Sports Fields
November – Partnership with YMCA of MD and Toys for Tots for a Food / Coat / Toy drive for holiday giving
December – Partnership with American Red Cross /Blood Drive


Aug 21 Food Drive Poster
Sept 18 Clean Up Day Poster
Oct 16 Field Day Food Drive Poster