PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Rotary recently invited Sarah Sutherland to their morning meeting, to speak in her capacity as a board member of the Plymouth Area Community Closet.
Sutherland explained that four critical programs are organized by the Plymouth Area Community Closet to assist local families that are struggling financially and who find themselves with unmet needs. These programs include: the Food Pantry, Meals for Many, the Financial Assistance Program (for such things as fuel purchase), and the Thrift Shop. Proceeds from Thrift Shop sales help support and fund the other three programs.
The work of the Food Pantry is of particular importance at this time of year when so many are finding it difficult to put adequate, nutritious food on the table, and the Food Pantry shelves have emptied quickly. Learning of the dire need, the Plymouth Rotary Board voted to donate $1,000 to the Food Pantry and President Kathy Kearns handed Sarah Sutherland a check to help the cause.
However, the Rotarians didn't stop there. Rotarian Moe Lafreniere, CFO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, created a Food Donation Box located at the Plymouth Common Man Inn and Restaurant (where Plymouth Rotary meets every morning at 7 a.m.. Moe urges members of the club and like-minded community members to join him in filling the box many times over. In the spirit of holiday giving and following the lead of the Common Man's initiatives to "Do Good" in the community, the Food Donation Box will be accessible in the lobby right through the holidays.
If it is more convenient, community members may also send a check of support to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 393, Plymouth, New Hampshire with "food support" listed in the memo. At the end of the food drive, the Plymouth Rotary will ensure that the food collected, and the monies received, will benefit those who need it most.