The Rotary Club of Yelm has been supporting homeless and under-served children in the Yelm Community School District for several years.  Our main club goal is to help youth in our community.  We support them with scholarships, snack and supply programs, clothing and hygiene drives, and support the weekend food program of Homeless Backpacks at the high school, middle schools and extension school.
 
This summer we are expanding our support by adding a summer food program.  Our “10 Weeks of Summer” food program will provide weekly food bags to children in need in our community.  Many of the kids who will receive this bag don't want summer break because they know they won't get breakfast or lunch like they do during school in the food program.  Food insecurity is a real concern for these children.  Since our area is very rural, when the students are home during the summer, the free and reduced lunch programs they receive at school are not available.  Also due to the rural location of student’s homes, and lack of public transportation, it is challenging for the students to access the local food banks and/or the free dinners provided by local churches.  Our goal is to make it easier on these families and provide them something on a regular basis. 
 
We are currently working with the Yelm School District, the Yelm Lions Club, Yelm Community Services and others to provide a bag of food each week.   Rotary club members will aid in the collection, assembly and distribution of weekly food bags. We are also working with local businesses and business groups to help support this program.   Cash donations and food can be dropped off at Timberland Bank in Yelm.  Donations can also be made online at www.yelmrotary.org or by mail to Rotary Club of Yelm, PO Box 2534, Yelm, WA  98597.    
 
Distributions take place on Tuesdays from 10am to Noon at the Nisqually Pines Clubhouse 8903 Pepperidge Lance SE, Yelm and at the Carlson Scout Cabin, 301 Yelm Ave, Yelm. 
 
 
 
 
Getting ready to fill our first bags with all the food 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some of our bags at our first distribution at the Nisqually Pines Clubhouse on June 27th. 
 
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