Rotary drive to benefit food closet campaign

Gold Country members collecting donations Saturday at Save Mart; Senior Center is focus of Rotarians at Work Day
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Gold Country Rotarians will be collecting donations of food and money at Auburn’s Save Mart supermarket from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, for Auburn Interfaith Food Closet’s “fight hunger” drive. The food closet is participating in the 2011 Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Fight Hunger Giveaway. April 30 is the last day that donations will count toward challenge results. The more donations and pledges the food closet receives, the more funding it will get from the Feinstein Foundation to help feed the homeless and other Auburn families in need, organizers say. This final push in the fight hunger challenge coincides with Gold Country Rotary’s annual tradition of collecting food closet donations on Rotarians at Work Day. Rotary organizers Ted Moore and Eric Hill are hoping this year’s collection efforts will be the most successful yet. “We will be staffing both entrances at Save Mart, and have a list of needed items that customers may purchase and donate,” Moore said. Rotarians around the world go to work on the same day in April, completing projects to help their local communities. It demonstrates a hands-on commitment to Rotary’s core value of service-above-self. Rotary is both a community service club and an international club, according to Hill. In addition to supporting the food closet, Gold Country Rotarians will be giving a much-needed facelift to Auburn’s Multipurpose Senior Center. “Members will be hard at work painting the activity center,” Rotarian Linda Fazo said. “It’s our club’s way of helping the center improve the quality of life of seniors in our community.”