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Young Professionals, Rotary collect for charity
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Members of Barton County Young Professionals, in partnership with Great Bend Rotary, spent time Saturday in front of the Walmart Supercenter and both Dillons stores collecting items for the Community Food Bank of Barton County and the non-food pantry at Catholic Charities. - photo by Susan Thacker

Members of the Barton County Young Professionals joined with the Great Bend Rotary Club on Saturday to collect food and household supplies for those in need.

The seventh annual Charity Supply Drive was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with volunteers stationed in front of the Walmart Supercenter and both Dillons stores to accept donated items. Non-perishable food will be given to the Community Food Bank of Barton County, 3007 10th St., and household supplies will go to the non-food pantry at the Catholic Charities office, 2201 16th St.

The list of suggested items includes:

- canned fruit and vegetables

- canned beans and dry beans

- dry pasta and rice

- canned spaghetti sauce

- peanut butter and jelly

- instant potatoes

- mac ‘n cheese

- Hamburger Helper

- flour and sugar

- dry cereal - hot and cold

- saltine crackers

- bath and hand soap

- mixes - pancake, cornbread and cake 

Barton County Young Professionals (BCYP) exists to provide leadership, networking and volunteer opportunities. BCYP is a free membership organization for anyone 21-40 years old who lives or works in the Barton County area. Learn more online at or call the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development, 620-792-2401.

Great Bend Rotary Club is a group of business leaders who work to create positive, lasting change in the community. The group’s next meeting will be at noon Monday, March 25, at the Classic Inn restaurant, 1 South Patton Road.