Bristol Rotary Club helps to raise over $37,000 to go towards feeding those in need

Published on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 17:16
Written by Dean Wright


BRISTOL – The Bristol Rotary Club in partnership with Liberty Bank Foundation and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church recently raised over $37,000 to go towards feeding those in need in Bristol.

Bristol Rotary Club’s Laura Watson and Mary Etter along with representatives of the Zion Meals for Neighbors program gathered at the church on 27 Judd Street for a check presentation inside the church’s pantry facilities Tuesday.

“We collected funds as part of the Liberty Bank Turkey Drive,” said Etter. “Meals for Neighbors through Zion Church was a partner with us in that so of all the money that was collected Liberty Bank matched 25 cents on the dollar. This enabled us to write this check and that’s a pretty big deal.”

The drive started in mid-October and ran through this last Friday, said Etter. Liberty Bank Foundation along with area Rotary Clubs has been putting on the drive to assist area organizations for the last 18 years.

“We think it's very important,” said Etter, ”especially with the pandemic. There are people increasingly in need of food and this is a local organization that can help them directly.”

Lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Judy Turco said her sister was one of the individuals who first started the Meals for Neighbors program over 30 years ago.

“It started one day a week as soup and sandwiches and has evolved,” said Turco. “We totally count on the community to help us. Through the generosity of so many people, it’s unbelievable. People are very generous to us. Also, the stores and businesses.”

She continued to say that any who asked for assistance, the pantry and the program’s services were available to help. The church has a clothing and food pantry. Monday through Thursday, from 10 to 10:30 a.m., individuals come visit the pantry for needs. Turco said that most individuals call the church ahead of time so volunteers can make up boxes for requested items. Meals for Neighbors is a recognized Foodshare site.

Among items that can be requested include frozen and nonperishable foods.

“We know families are still struggling and the financial impact of the pandemic is long-term,” said President of Liberty Bank Foundation David W. Glidden in a statement about the drive program. “As a community bank that’s been around for nearly 200 years, we are fully dedicated to continuing our mission to improve the lives of our customers, teammates and communities for generations to come. Today, more and more people are struggling to put their daily food on the table-much less a Thanksgiving feast. Together with the help of our Rotary partners and our generous community, we can change that. Our goal is to raise enough money not just to provide Thanksgiving food, but to stock our food pantries in preparation for the winter.”

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 17:16. Updated: Tuesday, 23 November 2021 17:18.