Rotary helps feed hungry families with food drive _lowres

Photo provided by Sharon Phillips -- The Zachary Rotary Club donated nearly 120 pounds of canned goods to the Zachary Food Pantry in March. Gathered, from left, are Vince Giaccone, Food Pantry board president; Francis Nezianya and Troy Landry, Rotarians; Reggie Dykes, Food Pantry director; and Ryan Talbot, Rotary president.

The Zachary Rotary Club has partnered with the Zachary Food Pantry to help feed hungry families in the community.

Rotarians collected nearly 120 pounds of canned goods during March, and the service organization is one of several Rotary clubs throughout the southeast participating in “Rotary Has Heart,” a new program initiated by Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews.

The food collection was implemented by Zachary Rotarian Francis Nezianya, a past president of the club who is serving as the hunger committee chairman for Rotary’s District 6200. In 2016-17, he will serve as Rotary Governor for District 6200.

Nezianya also serves on the Zachary Food Pantry’s board of directors as treasurer.

“I realize there is a huge need to feed adults and children in our community,” Nezianya said.

The Zachary Food Pantry feeds an average of 300 families each month, Food Pantry Director Reggie Dykes said.