Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotary’s 10 clubs in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas have partnered with Delivering with Dignity to mobilize both dollars and volunteers for Rotary Food Heroes Day on Sept. 15 when they will deliver nearly 1,300 fully prepared meals to needy, homebound neighbors.
Having received an $8,000 grant from Rotary International, the clubs collaborated to identify nonprofit partners that are addressing the critical food needs in Las Vegas created by the pandemic’s unprecedented impact.
On Sept. 15, 64 Rotary volunteers will arrive at four restaurants across the valley to receive the prepared meals and deliver them safely to residents who face a “triple threat:” at high-risk for COVID-19, are not served by any other organization or support system for provision of food to their homes, and financially unable to meet their food needs without leaving their home.
Since Delivering with Dignity’s inception on March 23, more than 3,000 volunteer Food Heroes have delivered more than 158,000 meals. By recruiting restaurants as partners, Delivering with Dignity has also helped save more than 55 jobs, especially during the early stages of the pandemic when restaurants were not yet able to serve customers beyond takeout.
In addition to the grant and volunteers, many of the Rotary clubs also have prepared personalized cards to accompany the meals that will be left safely at recipients’ doorsteps.