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Rotary helps to stop hunger at home

AMERICUS — Harvest of Hope Food Pantry in Americus feeds the hungry, promotes physical and spiritual health, and brings people together in a community of love for Georgia’s Sumter County. Recently, Sonny and Ginger Pinckard shared with the Americus Rotary Club how they, with other dedicated volunteers, are able to provide food assistance to more than 750 low-income households per month. The presentation expanded on the collaborative partnerships with local churches, community volunteers, and farmers.

After the meeting, past president Jimmy Whaley presented the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry with a check for $1,000 from Rotary District 6900’s Hurricane Relief Fund.

The pantry opened in June 2013, and in the first seven months served 2,383 families, including 10,135 individuals. Local volunteers from the surrounding area gave over 4,600 volunteer hours in less than a year. Harvest of Hope Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization and is licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.