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Rotary Club of Skokie Valley helps feed the hungry

Skokie Valley Rotarian Bob Sampson get a kiss from another volunteer

Skokie Valley Rotarian Bob Sampson get a kiss from another volunteer

Feeding the hungry in our own backyard and around the world is an ongoing mission that may never end. On Chicago’s far northside, near Evanston, is
“A Just Harvest Soup Kitchen,” feeding the hungry 365 days a year.

Just a stone’s throw from the Howard Street “L” Station, sits this beacon of light. A Just Harvest’s mission is to reduce poverty and hunger in Rogers Park and the greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals. Information can be found at their website, http://www.ajustharvest.org/

The Rotary Club of Skokie Valley makes a quartley visit to the soup kitchen. And through numerous donations, the Rotarions cater and serve a BBQ chicken dinner for about 200 people at the community kitchen at 7649 N. Paulina St., in Chicago.

Rotarian and organizer Bob Samson picks-up the feast from Hubs Restaurant on Dempster in Skokie and arrives at the soup kitchen to find it packed with diners. The word gets out when the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley is organizing the dinner.
Bob finds other Rotarians volunteers to set-up, serve and cleanup. The Rotary’s BBQ chicken dinner has become a favorite tradition held any month with a 5th Sunday.

The Rotary Club of Skokie Valley includes membership from Skokie, Morton Grove, Niles and Lincolnwood. Some first-time volunteers to the soup kitchen are surprised that hunger exists so close to home, Bob Sampson said. But the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley and other Rotarys around the world support causes like A Just Harvest everyday, he added.

The Rotary Club of Skokie Valley supports local organizations like, THE ARC, American Cancer Society, Metropolitan Family Service, Orchard Village, Golf Marine Park District, Sommer Foundation, VITA and more.

To learn more about Rotary membership or to volunteer at a Rotary charitable event, visit the Skokie Valley’s facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SkokieValleyRotary

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