Kearney Noon Rotary, Rotary Foundation donate
$5,000+ to Hot Meals USA
 
Kearney, Nebraska, May 28, 2020 – With support from Rotary International Foundation and Rotary District 5630, Kearney Noon Rotary today handed over more than $5,000 to Hot Meals USA to feed hungry individuals and families in the Buffalo and Dawson county areas who have been affected by COVID-19.
 
Several members volunteered and gathered to share the support with Hot Meals USA leader and Paul Harris Fellow Dick Cochran today during the daily cooking and delivery routine in downtown Kearney. The funds represented $3,750 from Rotary International Foundation and Rotary District 5630, a grant of $750, and more than $1,500 in individual donations from members.
 
In addition to the donation, several Rotary members who have volunteered during the project were congratulated for their efforts to support Hot Meals USA.

 
Kearney Noon Rotary, Rotary Foundation donate
$5,000+ to Hot Meals USA
 
Kearney, Nebraska, May 28, 2020 – With support from Rotary International Foundation and Rotary District 5630, Kearney Noon Rotary today handed over more than $5,000 to Hot Meals USA to feed hungry individuals and families in the Buffalo and Dawson county areas who have been affected by COVID-19.
 
Several members volunteered and gathered to share the support with Hot Meals USA leader and Paul Harris Fellow Dick Cochran today during the daily cooking and delivery routine in downtown Kearney. The funds represented $3,750 from Rotary International Foundation and Rotary District 5630, a grant of $750, and more than $1,500 in individual donations from members.
 
In addition to the donation, several Rotary members who have volunteered during the project were congratulated for their efforts to support Hot Meals USA.
 
The Hot Meals USA project passed a significant milestone this week, marking over 100,000 free meals served since March 16. Many Rotarians have served as volunteers and contributed financially to the effort. The club’s previous financial and volunteer support helped Hot Meals purchase a meal-preparation and delivery trailer and a pickup to transport the meal trailers.
 
Cochran initiated the Hot Meals USA project in 2017 to feed communities affected by fires, tornadoes, flood and other disasters. The trailer is outfitted with equipment funded by a $75,000 grant from Rotary District 5630 in Nebraska, District 6780 in Tennessee and other clubs from around the world. The trailer is important to respond immediately to disasters near and far, but what’s also important are the volunteers and food donations – many coming from area businesses and clubs including Kearney’s Rotary clubs. The Rapid Response trailer was dedicated on Aug. 12, 2019 at a special event. During the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes 2,000 meals were served each weekday between March 16 and June 6.
 
Kearney Rotary celebrated its 100th year in 2018. Kearney Noon Rotary meets at noon Mondays at Kearney Holiday Inn, and its after-hours club meets the second and fourth Thursdays at Platte Valley Taphouse. Rotary is an international service club with 1.2 million members. It focuses on creating lasting change in communities and around the world, starting with members and clubs at the local level. Rotary focuses on Five Avenues of Service:  Club Service to build fellowship through training and hospitality; Vocational Service by enhancing vocations and ethical standards; Community Service to improve community life; International Service through humanitarian work around the world and New Generations Service to engage youth and young adults in leadership.