Quickly surpassing our initial goal of 10,000 meals, we set a new goal of 40,000 meals, which we exceeded, with a final tally of 53,890. Our feed initiatives have included partnering with Sheridan Story to stock weekend food bags for students at Jefferson School, the popular Saturday mornings at CES Food Shelf and building large projects out of food cans designed by Kodet Architects to benefit Second Harvest.
The Literacy Champs committee took on the 10,000 book challenge. Result: 12,793 books have been donated from our club. From an initial start of collecting used books from members & partnering with City of Minneapolis’ 4th Police Precinct and Project for Pride in Living to design, build & fill Little Free Libraries (special thanks to Kodet & O-A Design), our focus has narrowed to providing diverse books for young kids, working with Minneapolis organizations with a successful history & key focus on literacy. We have hosted book & book bag give-aways at schools and preschools, sorted books, read to kids, celebrated reading success at various celebrations, provided books to kids at an author party, stocked a middle school library and created books for kids at a morning meeting. We have brought in authors to speak, books to buy, and added books to our holiday gift drive present.
Over the last three years, City of Lakes Rotary Club has partnered with the following organizations as part of the Read & Feed initiative:

Boys & Girls Club
Edison High School
Hennepin County (Holiday Gift Drive recipients)
Hennepin County Corrections (through Hennepin County Library)
Jefferson School
Joyce Preschool (dual immersion preschool)
Kerlan Library at the University of Minnesota
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation
Minneapolis Police, 4th Precinct
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
New Horizon (N. Penn Ave)
Project for Pride in Living
Reach Out & Read MN
Reading Partners
Way to Grow
CES Food Shelf
Second Harvest Food Shelf
Sheridan Story