Rotary and Community volunteers pack 35,328 rations of food during Saturday’s Meals of Hope – Los Alamos reporter

More than 100 community members of all ages volunteered Saturday for a “Meals of Hope” event at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, and by mid-afternoon, 35,328 servings of food had been assembled and packaged in boxes that were sealed, stacked, plastic-wrapped, and ready for pickup. Monday morning by Food Depot in Santa Fe. The food will be distributed to food stores throughout the area including LA Cares in Los Alamos. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Sophie Stewart, left, works with Rotary President Alison Bannell during the club’s Meals of Hope party at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Meals of Hope coordinator Laura Gonzalez, left, helps fill the bags with rice and soybeans as well as other ingredients. The bags contain six servings of food. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Rotarian Skip Dunn assembles cardboard boxes Saturday morning during the Rotary Meals of Hope foodpacking event at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Yunseo Kim, president of the Rotary Interact Club for Los Alamos High School, speaks at the start of Saturday’s Meals of Hope foodpacking event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Also pictured is Rotarian event organizer Laura Gonzalez. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Randall Rite, president of the Los Alamos County Council, and Teresa Cole, a candidate for council, prepare soybeans for food packaging during the “Meals of Hope” event at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos on Saturday. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Cheryl Bongratz, center, and other volunteers check in Saturday morning for the Meals of Hope event. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos Police Deputy Chief and former President of Rotary Direct, left, and Rotary Greg Viola assembled the boxes Saturday morning at the “Meals of Hope” party. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Volunteers work in an assembly line packing food packages for a food pantry in Santa Fe. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Rotarian Brian Newnam puts food packages in boxes for the Meals of Hope. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

More volunteers at Meals of Hope on Saturday. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Volunteers at the Rotary Meals of Hope event on Saturday. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

Volunteers at the Rotary Meals of Hope event on Saturday. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

James Wernick, a candidate for Los Alamos County Council, helps with the “Meals of Hope” party. Photo by Meyer O’Neill / losalamosreporter.com

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