Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge #2781 donates $2,000 to the Pine Island Pantry
By Staff | May 27, 2020
Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Judy Hopkins, along with past Exalted Ruler Jack Rovaldi and Treasurer Lee Wilbur recently presented a check for $2,000 to Pine Island Pantry Executive Director Karen Durand. The donation, which is part of the Elks National Foundation Community Investments Program, will help the food bank provide food for families on Greater Pine Island.
The Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge #2781 acquired the money after applying for a $2,000 grant to give back to the community. The funds come from the Elks National Foundation Fund, which divides funds among all Elks clubs across the country. The foundation regularly provides funds to its branches to be used for charitable acts that vary in scale.
“Elks care, Elks share. That’s what we’re all about, helping the community,” said Hopkins. “And to help another organization that helps community, it was a win-win situation.
“The Elks are no strangers to helping the food bank, they have supported the food bank for many years in several capacities,” Hopkins said. “Donating food, volunteering and dollars. This donation cannot come at a better time with our current community needs doubling.”
This donation is just one of the many examples of how the Greater Pine Island Elks has stepped up lately to help the food bank help others at a time where most expect to see more and more people seeking food assistance as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic deepens.
“The Elks are committed to making sure that none of our residents go hungry” Hopkins said. “We are all in this together and we will get through this together.”
The Elks is a service organization committed to helping make the community a better place to live. If you would like more information about the Greater Pine Island Elks, please contact Hopkins at 239-283-4388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.