Hammonton Rotary St. Vincent de Paul donation
Pictured from left are Hugh LaMonaca of the St. Vincent de Paul Society; Rotarian Mike Hitman; Ed Muller, St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry director; and Rotarians Clarence Mattiolli and Jerry Daunoras.

HAMMONTON –  The Hammonton Rotary Club presented a check for $828 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society May 7 as the initial payment of a $3,500 grant to provide hygiene products to patrons of the Society’s food pantry.

The program, which is funded by a $3,000 grant from Rotary District 7640 and supplemented by $500 in matching funds from the Hammonton Rotary Club, supplies toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene products to more than 1,000 patrons of the food pantry each month.

The non-food items are normally not available to the food pantry though food banks and government food assistance programs. Many of the people coming to the food pantry face a choice between spending their limited resources on hygiene, or paying for food, utilities and rent.

This is the third district grant received by the Hammonton Rotary Club in the past five years to support of the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. It is part of the club’s ongoing support of the food pantry, which includes cash donations for the distribution of turkeys and hams to food pantry patrons at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

The Hammonton Rotary Club’s efforts to help the less fortunate in the community are made possible by Hammonton area residents and business owners who patronize and donate to Rotary Club fundraisers.

Hammonton Rotary Club members also support the food pantry by donating their time each month to help distribute food to the needy.

Learn more at hammontonrotary.org. You can also find them on Facebook.

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