Rotary Helps Distribute Christmas Food Baskets

OMS Student Council members help unload tons of food to help fill Rotary Christmas Baskets.

OMS Student Council members help unload tons of food to help fill Rotary Christmas Baskets.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Serving those in need during the holidays is the purpose behind the Rotary program that helps distribute food to those less fortunate.

This year, nearly 600 food baskets were prepared and distributed to area families that are less fortunate. In all, these baskets will help feed nearly 1800 individuals this Christmas.

The student council at the Oskaloosa Middle School was once again a major source of the labor needed to help make the baskets possible. The council assembles the boxes, and then unloads the trucks containing tons of food. They stack 600 five pound bags of potatoes, and just as many oranges, canned veggies and fruit.

“It’s one of our most important community service activities,” said OMS Student Council Advisor Molly McCaulley.

“It also allows them to see, visually, what impact they are making on the community,” said OMS Student Council Advisor Kirsten Stek.

Funds for the baskets comes from donations by local businesses and individuals.

The baskets were prepared on Friday and distributed on Saturday at the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa.

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