The Lupo’s factory in Endicott was buzzing with activity yesterday as members of Endicott Rotary packed up holiday baskets for the needy.
Rotarians collected $7,000 worth of food to provide three boxes each to 100 families in the Endicott area.
The club purchased the food using money it raised by working the concession stands at Binghamton University basketball games and volunteering at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
There were also donations from Wegman’s, Catholic Charities and Lupo’s.
Rotarian David Powell says each box contains the makings of a nice turkey meal as well as groceries for the week. “This is my favorite time and one of my favorite projects with the Rotary Club here in Endicott. We have a great club. The people who are in the club are fantastic and they’re all very giving people. Being here and being a part of this, means everything to me and them as well.”
This is the 15th year that Endicott Rotary has donated food baskets for the needy.
The Union-Endicott School District identified 75 disadvantaged families while the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome provided 25.