New Port Richey, FL  (April 26, 2016) – The New Port Richey Rotary Club participated in the annual Hunger Walk to help raise funds for children, in particular for the club’s Pak-A-Sak project they have been involved with for several years.

Also as part of “Rotary Has Heart,” the club was a $2,500 sponsor of the event so that children at the Anclote Elementary School can continue to receive weekend meals through Pak-A-Sak 4 Kids.  Bill Bunting, a director on Rotary’s board, represented the club in the Hunger Walk.

The Hunger Walk is a collaborative effort through One Community Now to promote hunger awareness and raise funds for hunger relief for children and families living in Pasco County. By participating in the Hunger Walk sponsors and participants helped raise funds that provide healthy meals for many children and families that are going hungry.

More than 36,000 kids live in households that struggle to put food on the table in Pasco County, and There are  65,000 people in Pasco County who live below poverty level usually  one emergency away from homelessness.

Florida has the third largest population of homeless persons of any state in the nation. More than fifty percent of schools in Pasco County receive free and reduced lunches for their students. Many of these same students do not have enough food to eat over the weekend.

Children who go hungry are more likely to be sick, hospitalized, miss school and have chronic health issues as they grow up.  Pack-A-Sack sends home close to 500 sacks of food each weekend to students in Pasco County schools. The program provides backpacks filled with healthy and nutritious food for children on the weekends and over extended school breaks.

Two years ago and in cooperation with the Seven Springs Rotary Club, both clubs worked with  Rotary District 6950 on a grant to seek funding for a Pak-A-Sak program to benefit the Anclote Elementary School. “It was a big success,” said Bill Bunting, “and we wanted to keep it going.”

The New Port Richey Rotary Club was established in 1959 and meets every Wednesday for lunch at noon at the Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.  Woody Tucker is the current president of the club for 2105-2106.

Rotary  International is an organization of business and  professional persons united world-wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards  in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

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