Rotary Volunteers Help Others

(Rodney Lal, Photographer)
Rotary members (L-R) Melissa Roeder, Weylin Eng and Peter Liu sort food at the Food Bank of Contra Costa Solano County. The group has initiated a monthly volunteer program at the food bank.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the harsh financial impact it has had on working families, the Rotary Club of Orinda has committed itself during 2020-2021 to projects aimed at helping individuals and institutions adversely affected by job loss, business closures and lack of resources to fight the disease.
    In this vein, the club recently supplied hundreds of personal protective gear (PPE, including gowns and masks) to Alta Bates Medical Center and also initiated a monthly program of volunteering at the Food Bank of Contra Costa Solano County. During its first outing at the Food Bank on Friday, July 31, eight members worked two hours packing onions, pears, apples and potatoes into food packages for those in need. Members wore masks, the Food Bank provided gloves, and all maintained social distancing during the two-hour packing session.
    Orinda Rotary welcomes volunteers who wish to join them in helping out during these challenging times. Contact Club President Ken Jew at for more information.

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