Staff Report

Rotary clubs in the Eastern United States and across the Caribbean Basin are combining resources to feed hungry children from Delaware to Trinidad. Rotarians of Eastern Hillsborough County have chosen ECHO in Brandon as the recipient of this food drive.

It is a startling reality that in America children go hungry on a daily basis.  In 2012, 22 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.  Almost 16 million children right now live in what is termed as a “food insecure household.”

Christine Ans, a member of the Rotary Club of Fishhawk-Riverview, and longtime resident of Eastern Hillsborough County is spearheading the project.  Christine stated “67,000 Rotarians in as many as 1,500 clubs will be collectively making a difference for thousands of families in hundreds of communities.  All members in Rotary District 6890, Group IV, have already committed to helping feed dozens of families in our community.  We are hoping the citizens and businesses in our area embrace our mission and help us feed dozens more.”

The project known as “Rotary Has Heart” is using Valentine’s Day, February 14, as the target date for this massive drive.  Each Rotarian will be bringing non-perishable food donations to each of their weekly meetings leading up to February 14. Or $5 donations can be made, which will feed a child for one week.

For more information contact Christine Ans at

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