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Madison Rotary Meal Packaging Event Postponed; Rescheduled for This Sunday


MADISON, NJ – The End Hunger 3.6 meal packaging event for the hungry will now be held this Sunday at the same time and place: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside Drew University's Simon Forum.

Organizers postponed the all-volunteer project, originally scheduled for Saturday, after one of two supply trucks delivering food did not show up for its morning delivery, said Madison Rotarian Carmella Moeller in an email.

Madison Rotarians were told that one tractor trailer truck broke down in Ohio en route to Madison, she said, and its contents were transferred to two other trucks, causing a five-hour delay.

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The second truck arrived on time: Saturday at 7 a.m. The other pulled in at about 12 p.m, she said, not enough time to unload the food and package it in time.

About 800 volunteers were signed up for Saturday's event, but the number of those who will return Sunday is unknown.

“We are good to go for tomorrow as previously scheduled,” Moeller said, but “we have lost many volunteers.”

It may be a challenge for volunteers to achieve the club's 200,000-meal goal by the end of Sunday's event at 3 p.m. without all hands on deck, though Moeller said she and others will work until the goal is met.

Last year, this all-volunteer initiative sent about 123,000 meals to numerous feeding facilities and soup kitchens throughout Morris, Essex, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon counties, including parts of Somerset County.

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