Rotary conducts Drive- By Food Drive Tuesday

Volunteers Dave Sederquist and Tracey Moorhead helped collect donations at Moorhead Rotary’s first Drive-By Food Drive this summer. The next takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the parking ramp at Moorhead Center Mall. (Photo/Russ Hanson)

With its 100th anniversary in sight, the Moorhead Rotary Club has made feeding their hungry neighbors a priority.

The club is hosting the second of four Drive-By Food Drives in downtown Moorhead Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Members will be on hand in the parking ramp at Moorhead Center Mall for a COVID-safe, contact-free collection of donated nonperishable food and supplies to benefit Churches United for the Homeless and its programs Micah’s Mission, the Dorothy Day House, Dorothy Day Food Pantry and Bright Sky Apartments.

The club held its first food drive in June, collecting a total of almost 1,100 pounds of shelf-stable food and paper products and several hundred dollars in cash donated by Moorhead and Fargo residents. Additional Drive-By Drives are planned Nov. 2 and Feb. 2.

President-elect Gina Monson said that, spurred by its upcoming centennial, the club’s board met with key education and city leaders to identify where Rotary could help. “Housing and food insecurity emerged as foundational issues,” she says. “Hosting these quarterly food drives is a recognizable, family-friendly opportunity to rally together for our community … and do so in a safe way in this time of pandemic.”

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