SIDNEY — Approximately 10 members of the Kiwanis Club of Sidney met at Sidney Food Town after their regular weekly meeting on Sept. 20, 2017. With the assistance of Food Town Manager Keith Curtis and several employees, the members loaded five vehicles with non-perishable food items the club had purchased to be distributed to the local food pantries.
“This is a club project that we have been doing for many years,” said club President Scott Smith. “We had always purchased $1,200 worth of canned goods but we upped that amount to $2,000 this year.”
Even as the economy is improving and many people are back on their feet, there is still a great need at the food pantries. In fact, FISH was at the point where they needed to purchase food due to the fact that the “cupboards were bare”.
In addition to FISH, the food items were delivered to The Alpha Center, AGAPE and the Salvation Army. Items delivered included canned vegetables, canned fruit, soup, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, and crackers.
“I would like to once again thank Keith and Sidney Food Town for their partnership in this project,” said Smith. “They always give us a great price on the food so that we can stretch our dollars a little further and help more people.”
Lt. Governor John Coffield, also of the Sidney club added, “I would like to thank the people of Sidney and Shelby County for supporting our Chicken Bar-B-Que on Labor Day. By supporting our fundraising activities, it allows us to fund projects like the food pantry. We also want to thank everyone who dropped off canned goods at the BBQ. We sold out this year and even had to refund some of the tickets that people had purchased. We apologize for running out but again want to thank everyone for the great support.”
In addition to donation food to the pantries, other Kiwanis projects include awarding over $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors every year, a partner with the United Way in the Imagination Library project, sponsorship of the Sidney High School Key Club and the Shelby County Aktion Clubs, Cribs for Kids, support of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Teen of the Month and Teen of the Year, Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Park, the Little Free Library, the Community Blood Drive and many more.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Sidney Kiwanis meets at noon every Wednesday at the Sidney Moose Lodge. The club is always looking for new members who want to serve their community. Feel free to contact John Coffield (937-710-4944), any club member or stop by a meeting to enjoy the fun and fellowship of the organization. Additional information can be found at www.ShelbyCountyFocus.com and the Kiwanis Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sidney-Kiwanis.