The Raymond Elks!
On May 4th, R2R recognized The Raymond Elks for the May Resiliency Rockstar award for their incredible work with the Emergency Meal Program.
The Emergency Meal Program (EMP) is a program that started amid Covid-19 to help offer hot meals 1-2 times a week for families/community members in need of a helping hand. Bethany and Mark Barnard helped spearhead the idea when they found the need. They went do to Elks Lodge #1292 to see if they were able to use the commercial kitchen and they all geared up ready to help! The FRCs, Joe Basil, Ron and Linda Brummell, Denise Rowlett, as well as many other Elks and community volunteers that help make the program go round.
The program was started March 24th and the EMP was able to serve 106 community members. With the gracious donations from many community members and organizations, the EMP was able to increase meal numbers weekly and served 294 meals on April 28th.
The EMP is able to serve two meals again 5/5 and 5/8 and are excited to be able to maintain the weekly meal service at least until the end of May. It is amazing and humbling to see the way this community has come together during this hardship and the EMP is a prime example of that.
Referrals for the Tuesday EMP program are welcome. These meals are delivered directly to the community member's home via referrals and reservations ONLY.
Friday meals are open to the public and served "drive-through style" at the Elks alley, 5pm - 5:45pm. Please call Joe to reserve your meal at 360.942.8131
Monetary donations are accepted! Checks can be made to "Raymond Elks EMP," to PO BOX 26, Raymond WA 98577. Donations are also accepted via cash at the Friday meal pick-up site. For additional questions, contact Bethany Barnard at 360.580.5651.
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