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Rotary Clubs of Puerto Rico Collect Food for Needy Families

By on November 16, 2016

SAN JUAN — For the second consecutive year, the rotary clubs of Puerto Rico will carry out the event dubbed “Comparte tu Compra” (Share Your Groceries), which aims to collect non-perishable food items for families with limited financial resources. On Nov. 18-19, more than 3o rotary clubs, alongside young members of Interact and Rotaract clubs, will collect the food at various supermarkets throughout the island.

comparte-tu-compra2016“We know that the economic crisis the island is going through has forced many families to make adjustments, and statistics show that more families are increasingly needing help for food,” Sylvia Maisonet, the chief official of Puerto Rico Rotary District 7000, said. “With this event, we are gathering food and giving it to families and non-profit organizations that have also gone through a reduction in government help.”

The food collection will take place in supermarkets throughout the island such as Mr. Special, Econo, Selectos, Supermax, Ralph Food Warehouse, Hatillo Cash And Carry, Comercio Cash and Carry in Ponce and Supermercados González in Quebradillas as well as Supermercados Familia in Añasco, among others. Items to be collected include rice, beans, oil, tomato sauce, tuna, evaporated milk, juice, soup, cereals, spaghetti, sugar and canned vegetables.

Once collected, the rotary clubs will deliver the items to needy families identified by club members and to non-profit organizations in communities where clubs are located.

The Puerto Rico Rico Rotary’s District 7000, specifically its Area 1 clubs, will also hold its annual Turkey Races at Parque Barbosa, in Ocean Park, in support of children from sixth to ninth grades at schools servicing the Luis Llorens Torres public housing project.

The Turkey Races have been held for school children at Llorens Torres for the last 12 years. The winners win turkeys from Costco that are paid for from donations from a local foundation plus local Area 1 Rotary Clubs of District 7000 which include San Juan, Río Piedras, Monacillos, Santurce, Carolina, E-Club Puerto Rico and Guaynabo.

Rotary International comprises some 1.2 million members worldwide who are dedicated to improve quality of life in their communities.



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