Rotarians help CAAC complete pantry project

From staff reportsFebruary 2, 2014 

— Lake Wylie Rotary Club members joined Clover Area Assistance Center board member Bob Carroll on Jan. 25 to install the final wall of shelving needed to complete phase two of CAAC’s Full Choice Pantry project.

The rest of phase two was completed in December with the installation of a 10-door freezer and refrigerator merchandiser. Money for phase two were raised by Clover and Lake Wylie Rotarians through Coins for CAAC fundraiser. It paid for the entire project, including two roof-top compressors and a temperature security system.

In November 2012, Lake Wylie Rotarians provided the manpower to complete phase one, the construction of a donation sorting area and the assembly of two center rows of shelving. After raising money in the fall, Rotarians from Lake Wylie and Clover completed the prep work for the new refrigeration and shelving. CAAC closes for two weeks every December, and when the pantry re-opened in January, clients were able to see and select the refrigerated and frozen foods of their choice for the first time.

The last phase of the Full Choice Pantry project is the renovation of the lobby and waiting area, along with the construction of two small offices for more privacy for those seeking assistance. Money from Coins for CAAC also will be used toward the completion of phase three.

The Coins for CAAC fundraiser was the start of a partnership between the Rotary Clubs in Lake Wylie and Clover. In January, the clubs held a food drive competition among members and have involved the Clover High School Interact Club in the competition. All food collected is being donated to CAAC. The food drive is part of the February “Rotary Has Heart” campaign.

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