The Rotary Club of Zachary meets every Thursday, and one of the ways the service organization gives back is by “passing the pig.”

“Not actually a piggy bank, but a large LSU tumbler, we pass the pig around during lunch and members donate as much money as they wish,” Club President Ryan Talbot said.

All of the money contributed goes to the Zachary Food Pantry.

The Zachary Food Pantry is in its 26th year of serving families in the community. In September, a total of 322 households were served, and a recent count shows an average of 88 families being fed weekly, according to Dykes.

In 2013, a total of 42,758 pounds of food was donated.

There’s no word yet on how much November’s Pack the Pantry event hauled. The tradition has been a long-standing one of the Rotary Club, which gives and helps as much as it can where the food pantry is concerned, Talbot said.

On Nov. 13, food pantry director Reggie Dykes was the guest speaker at Rotary.

Following Dykes’ talk that included facts and figures about the community food bank, Rotarians presented him with a check for $1,200 as well as two barrels full of canned goods and nonperishable food items.

“Members are still bringing in canned goods,” Talbot said.

Each November, the city of Zachary hosts a monthlong food drive aiming to pack the food pantry by engaging businesses, churches, schools, sports teams, Zachary Fire and Police departments, residents, the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and service organizations like Rotary and the Zachary Men’s Club.

Rotarians, however, save money throughout the year by passing the pig around.

Talbot says that for as long as he can remember, the pig has been a Rotary tradition.