Children benefiting from Alpharetta's summer lunch program
North Atlanta Rotarians Joan McGowan, Nathan Aberson, Kathy Monacelli, Pat Thomas, Kent Gipson and Fred Monancelli work hard to complete their IOH project before dark!
Dunwoody Rotarians Tina Philpot, Louise Barden and George Stewart selling hot dogs
Griffin Rotarian John Quinn is hoping there's plenty of anti-venom on hand!
Alpharetta Provides Summer Lunches
from the Rotary Club of Alpharetta partnered with Coordinators from the Ed
Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA to distribute lunches and engage with children
from the Aspen Pointe Apartment complex. The summer lunch program is committed
to feeding children who fall into the category of “food insecure,” and normally
receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year. Rotarians will continue
to volunteer every Wednesday at 11:45am until children return to school in
program is wonderfully simple, and yet enormously impactful. According to No
Kid Hungry campaign, “Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of
nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in
America, 3.9 million of them with children.” The Summer Lunch Program will strive
to provide children in need in the Alpharetta community with guaranteed lunch
five days a week.
weekday, the meals are prepared by MUST Ministries at Roswell United Methodist
Church. The YMCA Summer Feeding Program Coordinator then transports the 80 to
120 meals to the Aspen Pointe apartment complex. Here, two to six volunteers
distribute lunches to the children. This is also a time for volunteers from the
Rotary Club of Alpharetta to interact with students in planned activities and
games on the outside basketball court.
North Atlanta Partners with Interfaith Outreach Home
Atlanta Rotarians reached out to the Interfaith Outreach Home (IOH) in
the Chamblee/Doraville area, to find out how we could help and support them. Interfaith
Outreach Home serves up to ten families at a time for up to two years each.IOH is an in-depth program providing safe and secure housing, many
supportive resources, and time to transition (up to 2-years), while it
requires mandatory saving and accountability from participants. The
program provides guidance, multi-faceted life-skills trainings and mentors to
formerly homeless families willing to participate in this very stringent
program capable of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Graduate
families of this program transition into stable lives, often including
home ownership made possible by the mandatory savings component of the program.
So far, the club's support has included stepped
in to provide the evening meal for the Life Skills Class participants and their
families and "channeling"
their Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn personalities to spruce up the yard and paint the picket fence and shed. The club's connections with IOH go back to the beginning of the home with builder Don
Millen, a long time North Atlanta Rotary Club member and Past President, as
well as with several other club members who have initiated club service
projects over the years.