• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 3/30/2013
  • Club Name (Primary): Frederick County
  • Club Name 2: Winchester
  • Club Name 3: Winchester's Latest (deleted)
  • Club Name 4: Front Royal
  • Club Name 5: Clarke County
  • Club Name 6: Warren County
  • Project Name: Hands Against Hunger At Home and Abroad
  • Project Total Cost: $15,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $7,500.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The Rotary Club of Frederick County together with all Area 1 Rotary Clubs have been active participants in the Hands Against Hunger project for the past several years. The primary project is to package ready to prepare meals which are sent overseas to under nourished families, especially those with children. Area 1 Rotary Clubs led by The Rotary Club of Frederick County would like to expand our participation working as a cohesive group of Rotarians and by including our local Interact and Rotaract Clubs in this year's activities. More man power equals more meals packaged. More financial resources expand the number of meals that can be assembled in one day. Our collective goal is to package 60,000 meals in one day. The cost is $7,500 per 30,000 meals. Therefore, if we double our financial commitment to $15,000, secure the necessary manpower through the participation of all Area 1 Clubs, all Interact and Rotaract Clubs, we could double our productivity to packaging 60,000 meals. The financial commitment covers the following expenses - food, packing materials and transportation. The Rotary Club is also committed to locating a facility conducive to setting up an efficient and effective assembly line process for increased productivity. We have identified a local high school willing to partner with our club to provide the necessary space, tables and electricity to make this project a reality. The Area 1 Rotary Clubs will provide the funds for the first 30,000 meals. We are applying for the Collaborative District Grant for $7,500, which would enable us to reach our goal of 60,000 meals.

    This year, in addition to the packaging of meals for international hunger relief, we will engage all Area 1 Clubs, Area 1 Interact Clubs and Rotaract Clubs to run a Food Drive for two weeks prior to the Hands Against Hunger event to collect food to benefit the local food banks. On the day of the Event, we will further expand the collection of food by engaging the community to “Stuff” a truck for the local food banks. To summarize, we will run two parallel events on the same day. One will be packaging food for international distribution. The other will provide food for our local community food banks.
  • Expected Start Date: 3/2/2014
  • Expected End Date: 3/2/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The Hands Against Hunger project has a far reaching effect on Rotarians and those who face hunger daily around the world. Rotary is fortunate to be able to partner with an organization who has the structure in place that will allow members to make a difference within one day. The Rotary Club of Frederick County has participated in the project for several years and has gained the knowledge and experience to manage a collaborative Area 1 project (with our fellow Area 1 Clubs) in our community that will provide at least 30,000 meals. We have the capability, should we receive this grant, to assemble 60,000 meals, doubling the number of individuals in third world countries that we can help.
    Many Rotarians feel strongly that given the economic distress experienced in our own community, that helping our local food providing organizations is also an immediate priority. By combining the international food relief effort, Hands Against Hunger, and a local food drive within Area 1, we feel it will expand the service within our immediate community.

    This is a wonderful project for Rotarians of all ages and their families to participate. It is an opportunity for all of us to learn how one day of volunteer time can impact so many lives. With the “Stuff a truck” food collection event we will involve the community and enhance and promote the understanding of the work of Rotary. In addition, there is fun and fellowship involved. Rotarians have the opportunity to "socialize in service" with our young Interact and Rotaract members. These young people are our future Rotary members, and the relationships fostered are priceless.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians become the "staff" for the project. While the Hand Against Hunger organization brings the materials and expertise to the site, it is the Rotarians who staff the stations, pack the individual products into the bags, seal them, count them, and box them for shipping. Tasks are rotated so that everyone has a chance to participate at any and all stations they choose. The project is so well organized that it moves very quickly and it will take just one day's commitment to achieve the goal of packing 60,000 meals for those around the world.
    In addition, all Area 1 Clubs, Interact Clubs and Rotaract Clubs will participate in collecting food for the Food Banks/food distribution organization in their area in the two weeks prior to the event. The planning committee will set goals for each club based on their membership. On the day of the event we will ask the community to come together to “Stuff” a truck and the food will be shared amongst agreed upon Food Banks and delivered to them.

    Rotarians are responsible for making all the arrangements for the location which meets the requirements of the Hands Against Hunger organization. Scheduling work times, coordination of the Interact and Rotary clubs involvement are also responsibility of the hosting Rotary Club (Rotary Club of Frederick County). We will coordinate the availability of a tractor trailer truck for “stuffing” and delivery of the collected food.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The Rotary Club of Frederick County’s PR committee together with all Area 1 PR committees will send press releases to local media outlets (newspaper and Radio) to tell about the project. It will be publicized in all the Clubs’ weekly newsletter, on the clubs’ website, and through signage which will be posted at the site of the project. In addition there will be extensive use of Social Media to engage Rotarians and the Community in support of the event (particularly for community support for the Stuff a Truck portion of the event). In addition, the Rotaract and Interact Clubs will publicize the event in their respective school's media outlets such as posters, newspapers, newsletters, school announcements, Facebook and twitter.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: All area 1 Clubs
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Rotary Grant Hands Against Hunger 2014-Signed Collaborative Grant Letter.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.Area 1 Clubs-for supplies and shipping 30,000 meals =$7500.00
    Matching Grant From District=$7500.00
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadRequested Community Project Grant Amount= $7500.00
    Area 1 Club Funds =$7500.00
  • Primary Contact Name: Charles Daniels
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President Elect
  • Primary Contact Email: crdaniels@fortessa.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: (703) 906-2016
  • Financial Contact Name: Carole Fox
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P.O. Box 1744
    Winchester, VA 22604 View on Map
  • Financial Contact Email: carolefox01@comcast.net
  • Financial Contact Phone: (540) 723-6382
  • Project Authorization Form: Rotary Grant Hands Against Hunger 2014-Signed Collaborative Grant Letter1.pdf