Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 29, 2017
A little history (adapted from Nov.27, 2015 story):  The Rotary Club of Athens has been hosting Food Baskets for the Community for at least 11 years.  Susan Urano started with food baskets sponsored by Rotarians and Kroger at Christmas time served to families in conjunction with The Salvation Army.  Since 2008 it has been Thanksgiving Food Baskets sponsored by Rotarians and Walmart for families in conjunction with The Athens County Children's Services (ACCS).  Twenty-seven  families were served in 2008 and it grew slowly to 32 families in 2012.  In 2013, we applied for, and received, a matching grant of $1000 from our Rotary District which, with the help of donations from Rotarians and Walmart, allowed us to serve 50 local families in conjunction with ACCS.  We continued to serve Fifty local families in a similar way each year from 2014 thru 2016.
 
We are planning to do the same this year!  Besides fundraising, organization, and scheduling, this project requires allot of carrying and packing.  So get ready to roll up your sleeves and help our Community Service Committee and Betsy Baringer in the coming weeks...