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Downtown Rotary helps people in need of food

PHOTO PROVIDED Beth Walker delivers meals to Rockledge senior living facility in Lock Haven.

FLEMINGTON — The Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven recently gave $200 to the meals program at The Red Eye Center. The program has stepped in where other programs had to close, and helps local people in need of food, especially the elderly.

The club also gave $250 to help a Lewistown Rotary member who suddenly has six grandchildren in her care, due to her daughter’s senseless murder. This Mifflin County Rotarian is faced with unexpected needs, including a larger place for her expanded family to live.

“Rotary is an international program that acts on the local level as well as the global level,” said Diahann Claghorn, president of the Downtown Lock Haven Club.

“Rotary clubs in this region that normally sponsor meals, from pancake breakfasts to spaghetti dinners, have geared up their cooking skills to make meals for the needy during this difficult time. The Downtown Lock Haven Club does not have a meals service project, so we voted to support the meals program that is already in place,” she said.

The local meals program was organized by Keystone Babe Ruth Baseball. Flemington Goodwill Hose Company has opened The Red Eye Center as the program’s headquarters.

PHOTO PROVIDED Mike Toner, Keystone Babe Ruth Baseball president and the main organizer of the meals program, and Nash Welch load cars for delivery.

About a thousand meals are made every day, with food available for lunch and supper, according to volunteer Cathy Redmond. She and her two grown daughters Jen Braun and Beth Walker volunteer daily, taking abut 80 meals on two lunch delivery routes. The deliveries take from one and a-half to two hours per day, she said.

Jen was the first in the family to hear about the program, and Cathy saw it as a good way to help.

“It’s the right thing to do at this time,” she said. “My goodness, we couldn’t let these people go without food.”

The meals program is supported by churches, a food bank, and individual donations, Cathy said. Anyone who is interested in donating food or supplies can drop them off at the center anytime during the day. Monetary donations are also accepted.

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