MADISON — Volunteers and donors are needed to the Rotary Club of Madison’s “End Hunger 3.6” event, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Simon Forum and Athletic Center at Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue.
“Volunteers are particularly needed Friday evening to set up and for the Saturday afternoon shift. The Saturday shifts are particularly suited to church, youth and Scouting groups, said “End Hunger 3.6,” said Chairman Ellsworth Havens.
Investors Foundation, with its $5,000 donation, is the lead sponsor for the project to fight hunger in the area.
The “End Hunger 3.6” event takes its name from the fact that someone dies of malnutrition or starvation in the world every 3.6 seconds, according to the Rotary. Organizers hope to package 250,000 meals.
They include rice and beans, pasta with tomato and basil, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. The meals will be distributed to local hunger-based charities and organizations that help the impoverished.
An estimated 900 volunteers are needed for the event, including 400 at each two-hour shift and 60 lead volunteers working throughout the event.
Organizers figure about 50 Rotarians will prepare and set up the venue the day before the event.
Both volunteers, and financial contributions such as the grant from the Investors Foundation, are needed for the March 9 event.
Last year’s “End Hunger 3.6” event saw more than 800 volunteers from 29 Rotary clubs gather to provide 180,000 meals and raise more than $54,000.