Rotary Afterhours to hold ‘Drive to Donate’ event for Trojan Food Pantry Aug. 22

Graduate student Felisha Thomas stocks shelves at the soon to be open Trojan Food Pantry on January 19, 2016.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will welcome donations for the Trojan Food Pantry from the Rotary Club of Little Rock Afterhours and the community on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Rotary Afterhours will host a “Drive to Donate” event to benefit the Trojan Food Pantry for the club’s monthly service project. Those who want to donate may drop off items at the Bailey Alumni and Friends Center on 28th Street from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 22 on the UA Little Rock campus.

The Trojan Food Pantry is especially in need of black-eyed peas, canned chicken, canned potatoes, Chef Boyardee, chicken broth, chicken ramen noodles, hamburger helper, jelly, macaroni and cheese, and tuna.

The Trojan Food Pantry provides food to UA Little Rock students and employees in need, and an influx of donations is appreciated just before the fall semester begins on Aug. 24.

“The Trojan Food Pantry has made a great impact on the UA Little Rock community,” said Corrigan Revels, assistant director for student leadership and development and coordinator of the Trojan Food Pantry. “This year, the pantry may be more important than ever, and we are truly thankful to have the support of the Rotary Club of Little Rock Afterhours. This support allows us to continue serving and supporting our Trojan family.”

Founded in May 2019, the Rotary Club of Little Rock Afterhours has about 60 active members who participate in a speaker event and service project every month. The club has completed previous service projects for Camp Aldersgate, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, and Two Rivers Park. UA Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale served as the guest speaker for August.

“We make an effort to tie a service project to our featured speaker,” said George Matthew “Matt” Buie, president of Rotary Afterhours. “The Trojan Food Pantry is a natural fit in August, especially given the pandemic is causing so many to experience food insecurity. We are trying to do our part to help the students and staff who are supported by the Trojan Food Pantry. We hope our event serves as an impetus for others to donate to the Trojan Food Pantry.”

The event is not limited to Rotary Afterhours members. Anyone who would like to join the effort to help the Trojan Food Pantry may visit the Bailey Alumni Center from 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 22. Rotary Afterhours members and UA Little Rock staff will be on hand to accept drive-up donations from the community.

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