Wilmington Rotary Brings Healthy Choices to City School

Wilmington Rotarians Hughlett Kirby and Brian Gaerity display healthy food from milk to fish donated during the April food delivery to Stubbs Elementary School.

As the school year winds down, children at one city school are heading into the summer a little better-nourished thanks to the Rotary Club of Wilmington

The club’s annual community efforts this year were devoted to supporting Stubbs Elementary School, with a focus on improving nutrition among the students of the high poverty community. The club’s supplemental food efforts included donating two refrigerator/freezer units for the school’s food pantry and providing several months of healthy food to stock the shelves.

Stubbs maintains a food pantry at the school to provide supplemental nutrition to area families who struggle to purchase food. Wilmington Rotary’s work, as well as ongoing deliveries from the Food Bank of Delaware, have helped Stubbs’ students and their families get much-needed food – particularly over weekends when school lunches aren’t available.

Wilmington Rotary President Samantha Diedrick Harris said the club has a longstanding commitment to community service in Wilmington. “Our work in the city is particularly important to us,” says Diedrick Harris. “Working with the dedicated teachers and administrators at Stubbs Elementary has been incredibly rewarding and helped us make a real impact with our volunteer time and dollars.”

“The Rotary Club of Wilmington has been truly dedicated to the families at Stubbs,” says Kenyatta Livingston, site coordinator for the Stubbs Elementary Eastside Community School Program – an initiative of Children and Families First. “The delivery of milk, vegetables, yogurt, chicken and fish has helped our families access healthy eating options.

“And the club has helped through regular chess club programming, donating Thanksgiving dinners, supporting kids with school supplies – it’s been a strong partnership.”

The food project was made possible through a grant from Rotary District 7630, as well as the club’s own volunteers and fundraising efforts.

The Rotary Club of Wilmington is a volunteer service organization with more than 100 years of history serving the Wilmington community. The club meets Thursdays for lunch at the Hotel du Pont and takes part in local, regional and international service activities. More information can be found at rotarywilmington.org.

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