Rotary clubs collect a ton of food for Clover center

From staff reportsFebruary 24, 2014 

— In support of the International Rotary’s February campaign, “Rotary Has Heart,” the Lake Wylie and Clover clubs created a friendly competition to increase donations for Clover Area Assistance Center.

The Clover group brought in 667 pounds of food and held a Zumbathon to add 196 pounds to its total of 863 pounds. Not to be outdone, the Lake Wylie group’s donations weighed in at 896 pounds. The Clover High School Interact Club also participated and collected 414 pounds, bringing the total to 2,173 pounds of food.

“CAAC won, ” said CAAC Executive Director Karen van Vierssen after sharing the results during a Feb. 18 luncheon at Family Trust Federal Credit Union in Clover.

“That’s over a ton of food in a short time, and I thank you all,” said van Vierssen, president-elect of the Lake Wylie club. “This time of year donations are typically low.”

She explained “quality” food donations at the center are thanks to the community support.

She also thanked the Lake Wylie and Clover clubs for helping to bring “dignity” to CAAC clients by helping to complete its full-choice pantry concept – where customers can shop and choose foods. The clubs received matching grants from The Rotary Foundation.

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