Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) has continued to provide weekend meals for children in need with assistance from area Rotary clubs.
 
For several years, Area 3 Rotarians have packaged food for children in need of food on the weekend or when school is not in session. The food had been discretely distributed to the children at their schools on Fridays.
 
The need for such meals did not go away with the pandemic and, in fact, increased. The schools got creative and found ways to pick up the packages from VEAP and deliver the bags to the students or arrange pickup times at the schools.
 
Adhering to proper social distancing and other safety guidelines, Rotarians now pack meals just once a month in two 90-minute shifts with four volunteers each. Regular volunteers from the Rotary Club of Edina are Don Hutchison, Mike Kallas and Michael Stanzak. Jody Kern fills in when a volunteer has to cancel due to unforeseen conflicts.
 
The Rotary Club of Edina has also donated $1,000 to VEAP for this program.
 
Rotarians will package meals three more times this school year. If you are interested in serving as a substitute like Kern, contact Jennifer Bennerotte, jbennerotte@EdinaRotary.org.