District Governor Erna Morain has reported the response to the plea she made on April 14th for clubs in District 6000 and Rotarians to step up to "Service Above Self" for those in need by donating to the Food Bank network in Iowa was overwhelming.  As of May 22nd, $38,837 has been contributed to the food pantries in the communities in which we have clubs in our District.  In addition, the District contributed a little over $32,000 of District Designated Funds to the Food Banks and District clubs and individual Rotarians have contributed over $50,000 and lots of volunteer hours to their own local food pantries in the past several weeks.  When you add everything up, that's approximately $120,000 donated to the Food Banks.   Nearly four meals can be furnished for each dollar donated which means well over 400,000 meals have been provided by our District for those, through no fault of their own, are being hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. 
Erna went on to say, "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU District 6000 members.  I couldn't be prouder to be your fellow Rotarian this year.  I know things will get better, and we are already seeing it, but I wanted to let you know how proud I am of each of you."