WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Rotary Club is again partnering with local public schools to collect lunches for area soup kitchens.

During the school year, all of the Westfield Schools collect an extra lunch one day a week and the lunches are taken to the Salvation Army in Plainfield and St. Joseph’s soup kitchen in Elizabeth for distribution to the hungry, organizers said. Rotary’s collection fills the gap during the summer months when school is not in session.

“There is so much need in our world and in our greater community,” said Liz Ensslin, president of the Rotary in a news release. “What I love about Rotary is that by working together in a small way, we can make a big impact. In the words of Mother Teresa, ‘If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.’ And that’s what we are doing.”

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The collection started Wednesday and will continue for the next four consecutive Wednesdays. The Rotary is asking members of community members to prepare a lunch and drop it off at the Westfield School District Administration building at 302 Elm St. in the lobby entrance by the parking lot on Walnut Avenue.

Collection time is 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Rotary is also hosting a community-wide service evening of sandwich making on Monday, Aug. 5, at The Presbyterian Church on Mountain Avenue from 6:30 – 8 p.m., organizers said. Participants are encouraged to bring one loaf of bread, one pound of lunchmeat and one pound of cheese. Rotarians will be delivering the sandwiches to the Salvation Army in Plainfield and St. Joseph’s soup kitchen in Elizabeth. No registration is required.

“This is a great opportunity to bring our caring community together to prepare food for those in need,” Ensslin said. “Families are encouraged to attend.”

The collection and sandwich-making event are a part of the Westfield Rotary’s efforts to fight hunger through its initiative, Project Hunger.

Westfield Rotary meets for lunch the first three Tuesdays in August at the Westfield YMCA.

For more information on helping or becoming a member, email Blake Width bwidth@lindabury.com or visit the Rotary’s Facebook page at Rotary Club of Westfield, NJ.