Rotarians help move food to Haven Ministries

Rotarians help move food to the Haven Ministries headquarters and food pantry truck. From left, Martha Wentz Kendall, Semene Gilden, Bill Chesshire and Rich Graves.

CENTREVILLE – The Centreville Rotary Club recently completed a project addressing food insecurity among underserved communities in northern Queen Anne’s County. The club provided more than $3,000 in funding — and nearly half of the club’s 39 members contributed service hours — to support the Food Pantry Truck operated by Haven Ministries in the Sudlersville area. Haven Ministries is a Mid-Shore non-profit whose mission is to provide hope through shelter, clothing, food and support for individuals in need.

With an increasing Hispanic population in the northern portion of the County, Haven Ministries identified a need for culturally relevant foods such as corn maseca flour and black beans. The Centreville Rotary Club readily stepped in to support the purchase of these foods to be distributed through the food pantry truck for a four month period. With the support of the Rotary grant, an average of 72 households and 160 family members benefitted each month from the food available to them at the mobile food pantry.

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