Maple Grove, Rogers Rotarians create CROSS collection challenge

In a first-ever collection challenge, the Rotary Club of Maple Grove and Rotary Club of Rogers are facing off to gather food donations to support the food shelf at CROSS.

“A friendly competition seemed like an excellent way for our two Rotary clubs to help promote CROSS and their goals for our community. And there is nothing more exhilarating than upping the ante on fulfilling our goal of Service Above Self,” Rotary Club of Maple Grove Public Relations Representative James Payne said.

Each organization has been collecting food donations since the end of 2014 and will wrap up the challenge with a final weigh-in on Feb. 3.

“The [CROSS] food shelf serves both clubs areas. The Maple Grove Club is the club that helped start the Rogers Club eight years ago. The two clubs have done many things together such as fund raisers, and joint meetings,” Rotary Club of Rogers representative Floyd Ingersol said.

Individuals and/or businesses interested in contributing during the Rotary Club challenge can drop off nonperishable food at the following locations or contact the local Rotary representative directly.

Maple Grove Drop Off Location: Great Harvest Bread Company, 13714 Grove Drive, Maple Grove between 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Contact: Community Chair Jeff Fluke at [email protected] or 763-416-1911.

Rogers Drop Off Location: Hayes Insurance Agency, 12900 Main Street, Rogers between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact: Kathy Kapsner at [email protected]

“The Maple Grove Rotary and the Rogers Rotary have so positively impacted CROSS and those we serve it is hard to quantify the numbers of residents living in the community impacted and the ripple effects that encourage others in the community to get involved in helping their neighbors,” CROSS Executive Director Elizabeth Johnson said.

“CROSS has proven to be an excellent advocate for and promoter of solutions for those in our community that need a little extra help,” Payne said.

CROSS Services provides food, clothing, seasonal children’s programs, Peace of Mind housing/financial assistance, and Meals on Wheels to families living in the communities of Corcoran, Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, Rogers and west Champlin. Based in Rogers, CROSS has been operating for nearly four decades and serves more than 600 families each month. For more information, contact CROSS at 763-425-1050 or visit the website at www.CROSSservices.org.

More information about the Maple Grove Rotary can be found at maplegroverotary.org or the Rogers Rotary rogersrotary.com.