Rotherham Rotary Club and Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club members have both been doing their bit to help foodbanks since since the pandemic hit.
And to mark the successful relationship, the two groups invited representatives of the foodbanks and South Yorkshire Community Fund to afternoon tea at the George Wright Hotel.
Rotherham Sitwell members have been donating their weekly meal fees to help fund foodbank supplies and have forged links with supermarket Morrison’s.
The supermarket has topped up the weekly deliveries collected by Rotary members and handed over to Rotherham Foodbank, with food and other items worth £47,000 donated during the year-long project.
Rotherham Rotary also made a £3,000 grant to support this, as well as securing a £1,500 grant from the Rotherham organisation and leading the way on behalf of both clubs in bidding for and landing a further boost from SCYF to the tune of £5,000.
Giles Bloomer, from Rotherham Rotary, said: “Every penny of this money was distributed to the following six local foodbanks, none of which had received any Covid funds from SYCF previously.
“The whole point of the grant and of Rotary being involved at the grassroots level was assisting with getting the money out at no cost to the grant fund. “Four of the six foodbank received £1000 each, and the other two £500.”
The foodbanks and charities supported included Liberty Church, Full Life Church, Rotherham Foodbank, the Harthill and Kiveton foodbank based at the Peregrine Centre, Rotherham Minster’s Social Supermarket and the Salvation Army.