Rotary club hopes short run will go a long way in helping young people | News


NEW PORT RICHEY — Sometimes what may seem like a small act of service can have a lasting impact on improving your community.

As part of one of its service projects, Cook 4 Kids, the Rotary Club of Trinity provides meals to the Runaway Alternatives Project, an arm of the nonprofit organization Youth and Family Alternatives Inc. Rotarians provide homemade meals for young people since 2008.

“The mission of the Rotary Club is to help children, and it was one of our members who serves on the YFA board of directors who came up with the idea of ​​serving meals,” said Becky Bennett, president of the Rotary Club of Trinity. “They mentioned that the meals are the same all the time and it wouldn’t be nice for them to have home-cooked meals.”

Meal service began in 2008 with the Rotary Club of Trinity cooking meals once a month, now bringing home-cooked meals twice a month. Volunteers are welcome to participate in monthly cooking projects and other services.

YFA’s mission is to work with communities and families to create a safe and nurturing environment for children. Its RAP house provides care for young people and their families, as well as young people aged 10-17 who have run away, are homeless or have been evicted by their parent/guardian and need a place of respite.

Shelter services include youth supervision, food and clothing, life skills education, crisis counselling, individual and family counseling, recreation and leisure activities, and life skills management services. case.

“We had to take a break from cooking because of the pandemic,” Bennett said. “We can finally start going home and cooking for the kids. We can also eat with them and interact with them.

Rotary Club fundraisers help cover the cost of meals, among other service projects offered.

The Rotary Club of Trinity’s next fundraiser is in partnership with the Rotary Satellite Club of Trinity-Odessa, where the two organizations will host the first “Biggest Little Run Ever” on Saturday, May 21 at 11301 Phi Delta Way, Odessa. The 0.5 km race will start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Participants will start the race at Phi Delta Kappa Banquet Hall and end at Big Storm Brewery. At the end, participants can win a 0.5K sticker and, if they are 21 and over, a beer. For those who prefer to complete the race at their own pace, a virtual ticket option is available so they can participate from home.

To get involved in 0.5K, visit, and to learn more about Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc., visit

“The greatest little race of all time” to benefit Cook 4 Kids


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