Central Lakes Rotarians pack meals for needy

Central Lakes Rotary members gathered to pack meals for those in need. Pictured are Harlan Johnson, back row, left, Stephen Blenkush, Sue Bricker, Marcia Prescott, Patti Baltz and Simon Goble with Bob McLean (front row left) and McKenzie Sepin. Submitted Photo

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, eight Rotarians from the Central Lakes Rotary Club met at The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes in Nisswa to assist in packing meals.

More than 9,000 meals were packed. The club also presented a donation check for $521.

More than 80% of all foods packaged at the Nisswa facility are domestic meals and stay typically within a 100-mile radius of the Brainerd lakes area. The Outreach Program is still involved with international meal packaging (about 20%) and ship to countries as needs arise.

In 2019, international shipments included Haiti, Tanzania, Venezuela and the Bahamas.

Central Lakes Rotarians meet weekly at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, mostly by Zoom. Call 218-568-8761 for details.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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