Portland Rotarian Rusty Atwood is a volunteer with the club's CHE program- Childhood Hunger and Education
PORTLAND-Me:  Rotary Club in Portland is helping to end childhood hunger while supporting education.  Join the community at the inaugural Bar-B-Que Crawl (BBQ Crawl) in celebration of National BBQ Month.  In fact, Portland Rotary is organizing the first annual BBQ Crawl and Poker Run Raffle to support efforts to end childhood hunger in Portland.  This year the club is recognizing the centennial of our "Service Above Self" in the community and 100 years of friendships. Moreover, the Portland Rotarians are proud to announce The Locker Project as the club's charity of choice for this year's BBQ Crawl, schedule for Saturdays, May 21st, from 1:30-5:30 PM, at the Salvage BBQ, Elsmere, Terlingua, Buck's Naked BBQ and Binga's Stadium in Portland. Information and registration for the Poker Run Raffle is at http://portlandrotary.org/event/bbq-crawl-and-poker-run-raffle. The mission of The Locker Project (http://mainelockerproject.org) is to connect food-insecure children in Maine with nourishing food to improve their learning capacity, health and future. In partnership with the The Good Shepherd Food Bank (http://gsfb.org), The Locker Project helps to ensure food security for all Maine children through local schools.  Additionally, The Locker Project works with schools to create programs for providing students with healthy class time snacks and take home food for the times when they are most likely to experience hunger.  Rotarians in Portland are putting the issues of childhood hunger and education (CHE) at the top of the club's community services projects for the next five years.  It is important for Portland Rotarians to raise awareness about the importance of ending childhood hunger and promoting literacy in Portland and in Maine. "Our club looks forward to engaging the community and service partners to involve them in our CHE activities", says Bowen Depke, President.  Among the volunteers in the project includes Rotarian Rusty Atwood who says, "As past chairman of the Maine Children's Alliance, I am proud of the Portland Rotary's program to end childhood hunger, promote good health and education."