Posted by Victor T. Tom on Jun 03, 2019
18 Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Tyngsboro/Dunstable, MIT Rotaract, Burlington, Burlington Breakfast, and Kobleskill NY, representing three districts, joined over 200 volunteers from the local community and corporations BAE Systems and Anika Therapeutics to package over 40,000 meals.  Rise Against Hunger will distribute these meals to school meal programs in developing countries. This brought our 7-year total to over 400,000 meals.   
At the end of April, the Rotary Club of Bedford ran its 7th Annual Meals for Kids event at the Middlesex Community College in Bedford.  Bob Cassidy (PDG 97-98) led the MfK organizing committee and stated it was a team effort and a darn good one. Aided by loud upbeat music and periodic gong strikes, our volunteers ranging from children to senior citizens, participated in a fun and rewarding service activity (filling bags, weighing, sealing, labeling and packing into boxes), allowing our local community to join Rotary in service above self.
We ran two 2-hour shifts, morning and afternoon, with refreshments and lunch provided by Dunkin Donuts, Red Heat Tavern and Flatbread Pizza. Major sponsorship was provided by our corporations, BAE Systems and Anika Therapeutics, with funding also raised by RCs of Bedford, Burlington Breakfast and Tyngsboro/Dunstable. Our volunteers also contributed over 300 lbs of food and personal hygiene items to the Middlesex Community College Food Pantry for needy students here in our own neighborhood.