Rotary Clubs across Area 16, which includes Cherokee and Pickens counties, banded together to participate in the Farmers to Families program, which helped to distribute 20,000 pounds of fresh produce to those in need.

The clubs partnered with other nonprofit organizations that have direct connections to families in the community who are in need of food. The Area 16 clubs include the Rotary Club of Towne Lake, the Rotary Club of Woodstock, the Rotary Club of Canton, the Rotary Club of Cherokee County and the Rotary Club of Jasper.

Assistant Governor D.D. Lee, who is a Towne Lake Rotarian, arranged use of a warehouse and equipment to be able to receive and distribute the food. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families program, the area Rotary Clubs met Aug. 26 in Acworth, and volunteers unloaded the 24 pallets, almost 1,700 boxes, of fresh produce from a tractor-trailer and loaded it for area nonprofits to deliver to their clients.

Among the roughly 20 organizations that benefited from the Truck of Love service project were Goshen Valley, North Georgia Angel House, Serenade Heights, Turnaround Kids, St. Michael’s Food Pantry, Cherokee Family Violence Center, Timothy’s Cupboard, Forever Fed, Cherokee Homeless Veterans, MUST Ministries and CARES for Pickens County.

“As a Rotarian, we all strive every day to fulfill the mission of the Rotary International organization to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders,” Rotary Club of Towne Lake President Phil Ciccone said. “Participating in this project was the ultimate service to others in our community. Produce is expensive and often something that our struggling neighbors will forgo.”

Rotary Club of Canton President Shane Moore said that the Rotary Club of Canton was glad to take part in the organization and execution of the Farmers to Families Service Project.

”We are thrilled that so many non-profits and individuals all over our great community could benefit from these produce boxes,” he said.

Rotary Club of Cherokee County President Carol Gage said that the it was a great opportunity to join forces and do good in the community, to which Woodstock Rotary Club President George Beylouny added the same sentiment.

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