Evanston-based Rotary International and The Global FoodBanking Network have announced a partnership to combine resources to combat hunger and food insecurity through food banking.

Leaders of Rotary, a humanitarian service organization, and The Global FoodBanking Network, an international organization whose mission is to alleviate global hunger, say the collaboration will leverage each group’s resources.

They will work together with Rotary clubs and districts to create new food banks in their local communities, coordinate service projects, and strengthen the capacity of existing food banks to feed more hungry people.

“Partnering with The Global FoodBanking Network will help Rotary clubs contribute even more to the fight against global hunger,” said Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee. “By working with a partner with a stellar and proven track record, Rotarians will be able to maximize their contributions, while helping to identify and assist the communities most in need of this critical service.”

Jeffrey D. Klein, the chief executive officer of The Global FoodBanking Network, said, “For more than a century, Rotarians have served selflessly in the communities where we are developing and expanding food banks. We want to connect Rotary clubs and districts not only to service projects and food distribution in more than 20 countries where we are currently engaged in food banking activity, but inspire them to take leadership in this generation’s quest to end hunger.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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