Kutztown Rotary donates gift cards to Friend Inc.

Kutztown Rotary Club's Food For Friends campaign donated 250 Weis grocery store gift cards for Friend to distribute to local families, each worth $25 for a total donation of $6,250. From left are Kutztown Rotary Foundation President Christine Williams, Friend Inc. Executive Director Sandra Wise and Kutztown Rotary member Ellen Overcast.

The Kutztown Rotary Club donated 250 Weis grocery store gift cards totally $6,250 to Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown to help feed families in need in Northern Berks County.

"We were elated to receive such a wonderful gift from our friends at Kutztown Rotary Club," said Sandra Wise, executive director at Friend. "The cards will help our families purchase food that they need and we might not have available. Plus it will allow them to purchase much needed personal care items."

Wise said this donation is particularly helpful at this time.

"It helps quite a bit in that families are hurting and struggling to feed their families and pay their bills. This provides some relief to the pressure they are under," she said.

The Rotary Club sponsored a Food For Friends campaign, a program coordinated with Friend, Inc. to allow the Kutztown community to help feed community members in need, the club announced in a release.

“Through a combination of community member donations, matching club gifts, and a special COVID grant from Rotary District 7430, we were able to donate 250 Weis grocery store gift cards for Friend to distribute to local families,” the Club announced.

The gift cards are each worth $25 for a total donation of $6,250.

“The Club would like to thank all of the community members who donated to this worthy cause. We are sure the cards will be put to good use to give local families a helping hand in these uncertain times. Thank you for your support!”

The Rotary Club encourages community members “to join People of Action and make a difference in our community and beyond.” For more information about joining Rotary Club, contact via information@kutztownrotary.org.

Wise said Friend continues to need donations.

"Our neighbors have always been very supportive of Friend. At this time, we could use a little more help. The community can help by donating non-perishable food items or even extra fresh vegetables from their gardens," said Wise. "In addition we appreciate any monetary donations that can be provided."

To donate food contact Cathy Dill at 610-683-7791 or by email cathy@friendinc.org.

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