PENINSULA - When you're hungry, His Supper Table, St. Vincent DePaul, Reach Out Food Bank and the Chinook Food Bank are the light at the end of the tunnel. The 2000 Census reports one in five children in Pacific County living below the poverty line, making local food banks an answered prayer for many in our community.

As reported in this paper, local food programs have had a rough year as provision sources have disappeared and it has become increasingly difficult to obtain and distribute food to those in need. These agencies provide thousands of meals in the Peninsula community yearly and contributing to them has become an annual Peninsula Rotary project.

"With such a generous community as ours, the good work will continue to help those who otherwise might go hungry. As Rotarians, we're gratified to be a small part of caring for those in our community needing a hand up," noted club President Keleigh Schwartz.

Long supporters of children, Rotarians spend their time, money and talent to contribute to the health, safety, education and environment of those locally and internationally. Keeping these goals in sight, the Peninsula Rotary club kicked off 2007 with donations of $500 to each of area food bank. More than 1.3 million Rotary members worldwide are committed to service projects to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The active Peninsula club is involved in a number of projects locally, regionally and around the globe and welcomes new members. SW Pacific County Peninsula Rotary meets Tuesday mornings, at 7:30 a.m., at the 42nd Street Café in Seaview. Contact President Keleigh Schwartz for more information: 642-4431 or

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