SPRINGFIELD, NJ - For the second year in a row, The Rotary Club of Springfield is partnering with Rise Against Hunger to help combat the global problem caused by a lack of food. According to the group's website, Rise Against Hunger is a non-profit organization that provides food and aid to people in the developing world who need it the most.

During last year's campaign, 150 children and adult volunteers in town came together to raise $9,000 and package almost 30,000 meals. This year, the goal has risen to $15,000 in donations and 50,000 meals. Each meal pack, which consists of rice, soybeans and vitamins can feed six people at a cost of 29 cents per meal. A donation of just $200 will pay for 580 meals.

This year, the Rotarians are looking for donations to help them reach their goals. As a result, local business, residents and corporations are asked to help donate to the cause. Any business that donates will be publicly recognized for their generosity by the rotary club.

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The Rotary Club is also holding a meal packing event for the charity drive on Dec. 13, 2018, at the Chisholm Community Center, located at 100 S. Springfield Ave. The scheduled start time is 6:30 p.m.

To donate, make checks payable to the Springfield Rotary Foundation and mail them to Springfield Rotary, P.O. Box 1333, Springfield, New Jersey 07081. For any further questions, please contact foundation chairperson Mel Kevoe by email at Mkevoedg1415@gmail.com or by phone at (973) 769-9649