The Rotary Club of Briarcliff Manor participated in the "Outreach Program" organized by our Rotary District on Saturday, October 19, 2013. “Outreach” is a program to distribute volunteer-packed meals - made in the USA, Kosher and Halal, and meeting US safety and nutritional guidelines - to feed the hungry in our own area.
The District wide project organized by Rotary included volunteers from local church groups, the White Plains high school football team and other school students, students from Pace University, and many other local community organizations. In a scene resembling food factories that mass produce packaged meals, volunteers donned hair-nets, aprons, and gloves to work in teams assembling packages of Macaroni & Cheese or Rice & Beans. Rotarian President Anne Cargill and Immediate Past President Kris Chittur of the Briarcliff Manor Club were amongst the 700 + volunteers who assembled at the Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains for this grand effort in community service.
Forty-one local Rotary Clubs (including Briarcliff Manor) joined the effort, collecting more than $25,000. This one-day effort would enable us to distribute more than 600,00 meals to the needy in Westchester, the Bronx and Manhattan. Each club was able to distribute the meals in their neighborhood to pantries, soup kitchens, school backpack programs or any other program addressing the hungry in their backyards. The Briarcliff Rotary donated its contribution to the Ossining Food Pantry.
The Briarcliff Rotary is proud to have been part of this massive project, doing what Rotarians do best: serve the community!