The effort, dubbed "One Million Meals," is a collective effort of all Inland Empire Rotary Clubs.
Thousands of people in local communities wake up hungry every day. Many are children and seniors, while many others work full-time jobs yet are struggling to make ends
meet. In the current census, Riverside and San Bernardino counties rank fourth in the United States in residents who are "food insecure," referring to the availability of food and access to it.
A household is considered food insecure when its occupants live in hunger or fear of
starvation. An estimated 30 percent of households in the two-county region are considered food insecure.
Local collection locations include It’s a Grind at Scott and Antelope Roads; the UPS Store at Clinton Keith and Interstate 215; the UPS Store at Scott and Murrieta Roads; The Breakfast Club of Menifee; Carnitas Express and Giuliani’s Restaurants on Newport Road; and Elevate Fitness.
Every dollar donated provides seven or more meals to hungry people. Food or donations can also be dropped off during the Menifee Rotary Club’s weekly meetings, every Thursday at noon at the Menifee Lakes Country Club. Guests are treated to a free meal.