Great Bay Rotary Delivers Holiday Cheer

December 17, 2017



Durham -  Over the Course of nearly 20 years, the Rotary Club of Durham-Great Bay has provided thousands of turkeys for local food pantries' holiday food baskets.  This year is no different.


Each year the annual turkey drive donates turkey to the food pantries located at Durham's St. Thomas Moore Church, The Lee Congregational Church, the Newmarket Community Church, and the Cornucopia Food Pantry at the Waysmeet Center in Durham.   John Belcher, the club treasurer, says that they have historically donated around 220 turkeys per year,  Over the past 20 years, the Rotary has donated over 4,400 turkeys worth nearly $70,000


So far this year, Bill Drapeau, a club member and Sargent-At-Arms, states  they have raised enough money to purchase nearly 4,700 pounds.  That is over two tons of turkey and equates to about 235 18-20 pound turkeys.  This past Thanksgiving, the club donated 25 turkeys to St. Thomas Moore, and will deliver donations to food pantries December 18th for holiday baskets.


According to the website Feeding America , New Hampshire has over 128,910 people struggling with hunger.  Of that, 33,940 are children.  That translates into 1 in 10 adults and 1 in 8 children.  Charitable programs are unable to support those struggling with hunger.  The combination of charity and government assistance programs are necessary to help bridge the meal gap.   The Rotary Club of Durham-Great Bay, as well as hundreds of Rotary Clubs around the country, take this mission to heart and help hundreds of families in the Seacoast area that are struggling with hunger and food insecurity.


If your a professional looking to make a positive change in your community and the world, you should consider becoming a member of the Durham-Great Bay Rotary.   You can find information at their website Durham-Great Bay Rotary, or you can contact club president Andrew Corrow at







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