Berkeley Annapurna Lions Club’s participation in “Help Us End Hunger”
Berkeley, CA – (November 21, 2015) – Lions Club of Berkeley Annapurna participated the “Help Us End Hunger” campaign in Local Safeway stores of Berkeley. The event is supported by NBC Bay with the collaboration of seven food banks. Today the “Help Us End Hunger” food drive took place at 156 Safeway locations throughout the Bay Area, making it easy for community members to participate and help feed their neighbors in need. According to NBC Bay Area twitter status just today’s campaign more than 17,000 grocery bags were purchased.
For the first time the club participated the campaign and distributed more than 300 flyers to the shopper of Safeway and most of them were positive to donate. The Lions Clubs International also has the same service project in the name of “Relieving the Hunger” which is also the centennial service campaign said, Dhruva Thapa President of the club, so we found the similar theme and cause and decided to participate “Help us end the hunger” campaign, he further said it is the way of giving back to the community. If our small effort makes a big difference to the community, why not do our best. According to the members of the Club they are not just volunteering the event but at the same time creating awareness among the Nepalese community living in the Bay area so that they can also participate such event in near future.
For the last six years, NBC Bay Area has partnered with Safeway, and now we also want to continue our support for this special cause said one of the participant volunteer. It’s a great opportunity for us to do something during this holiday seasons said Past President Laxmi Chaudhary who is also the current Secretary of the Club, so we thank Alameda County Community Food Bank for inviting us to participate this special campaign to end the hunger which is also the centennial themes of the Lions Clubs International.
For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and wellbeing of millions of people around the world. As we look toward our centennial celebration, Lions are encouraged to serve 100 million people by December 2017 through participation in the Global Service Action Campaigns. Among four main global service action campaigns relieving the hunger is also one the main event. Almost 1 billion people across the globe will go to bed hungry every night, 200 million of them children.” (USAID). Lions have an opportunity to show the strength of our worldwide network during a special service action campaign, “Relieving the Hunger.” According to this campaign we are planning to benefit 25 million people and we all act locally to meet this goal.
Club’s past president Lion Mani Nepali, Immediate Paste President Lion Hema Paneru , Past President Lion Laxmi Chaudhary and 2nd Vice President lion Kaushal PJ Rana along with other volunteers of the club encouraged shoppers to donate food items and handed over more than 400 flyers provided by the food bank.
To make the donation process easier, there were “display only” bag of food with the contents, but what the shopper ACTUALLY purchased was a “virtual bag” of food at the check-out process, not a physical bag filled with food. The donation itself is $ 10, so the volunteers encouraged shoppers to donate at the check point of the counter with their purchased goods. The donated amounts can buy the Items like pasta and sauce, canned vegetables, soup, and important protein items like peanut butter and canned tuna. According to Alameda county food bank once collected, the food will be delivered to food banks for distribution to needy families. It is not one day campaign but the bags are available for Safeway shoppers to purchase now through December 25th. So if any one of you have missed today’s event and thinking to donate for this cause please visit any local Safeway store and make a donation.The Club is also participating to distribute Holiday Gift basket event on Dec. 19th 2015, with Fire Dept. of Berkeley and other lions Clubs said Club President Thapa.