Thanks to our community for food drive success

To the Editor:

As economic difficulties persist for many Westerville area residents, the Rotary Clubs of Westerville (both Noon and Sunrise clubs) worked hard to expand the reach of the 2012 Holiday Food Drive. Additionally, this year Otterbein students, fraternities, sororities, and Cardinal Corps stepped up in a big way to help reach more households by distributing 8,000 paper bags generously donated by The Kroger Co.

Our community responded by providing more than 25,116 pounds (12.56 tons) of food, and $5,540 in donations. In collaboration with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) this will supply essential nutritional needs of approximately 3,016 people for a week's period of time, representing 54,288 meals.

On behalf of the combined Rotary Clubs of Westerville and WARM, we want to graciously thank the citizens of Westerville, the students and administration of Otterbein University, volunteers and the business sponsors who helped facilitate this generous food drive: The Kroger Co., the Kroger store on Schrock Road, the Kroger at Maxtown and Route 3, Tim Horton's Cafe & Bake Shop on N. State and Maxtown, the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Roush Honda New Car Sales Division.

At WARM., families in need have a place to turn because Westerville truly is a community where people, businesses, schools and civic groups collaborate to accomplish good things. We are fortunate to serve in a community where neighbors care for each other. We thank the entire community for making this possible.

Daniel Stanley, Food Drive Committee chairman, Westerville Rotary
Chris Blackburn, advisor, Otterbein Rotaract Club
Scott Marier, executive director, WARM