Dear Fellow Rotarians.
 
The Pantry is still hopping!  Numbers of people served on Thursdays continues at high levels which means the need is great. As previously reported, led by Anne Hutchinson, we have expanded our services by an extra day by being open on Monday evenings from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  The extra day program started on February 3 with other openings on February 10, 17, 24 and as I write this on March 2. The Pantry has never done this before. Things started slowly as one might imagine but the word is getting out. The evening opening is popular with folks who cannot get to our regular weekly Thursday morning openings.
 
All of this is by way of saying that, as usual, we need all the help we can get.  Please show your support for this important community organization by bringing in food for Wednesday's Rotary meeting (or the week after or the week after that).  The choice is yours: Canned soups, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, peanut butter, tuna and beans. Packaged items: cereal, rice,  pasta.  Toilet paper is always needed. Thanks to all of you that donate food on a regular basis.
 
Cash is an alternative to food donations. Checks preferred but we will also accept currency.  Thanks to all those who are writing regular monthly or quarterly checks. A very faithful bunch.
 
There are three Rotarians who serve on the People's Pantry Board: Our Club President, Jessica Speer-Holmes, Anne Hutchinson and me.  As previously reported, Anne was recently elected to the post of Vice President for Operations.  
 
See you Wednesday!
 
George
 
PS:  This time of year, be careful about storing canned goods in your car.  A very cold night will likely freeze the contents and rupture the can's seal creating a little crack that cannot necessarily be seen. But the microbes can see the crack and will move right in.