A three-week food drive with the goal of collecting and delivering one million meals to needy families throughout the Inland Empire is in its final week, with organizers encouraging those who haven’t yet made a donation to consider doing so.
“We’re hoping that residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties will make monetary donations or contribute non-perishable foods to our ‘One Million Meals Campaign,”’ said Sheryl Silver of the Palm Springs Rotary Club.
“Every day, our kids, the elderly and the working poor across this two-county region cannot adequately feed themselves.”
Five dozen Inland Empire clubs are participating in the campaign, which concludes Oct. 4.
Rotaries have set up food collection points at 50 locations, including stores, coffee shops, fitness centers and theaters.
According to organizers, the Inland Empire ranks No. 4 in “food insecurity” nationally because of the faltering regional economy.
Food relief organizations deliver 300,000 meals a month to destitute families in the area, but that doesn’t meet demand, according to the Rotarians.
For information on how to make a donation or where to go, visit rotarymillionmeals.com.
On Oct. 6, organizers will pack up all the donated items for delivery during a “packing party” at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Riverside, at 2950-B Jefferson St.