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Mount Joy Rotary Auction to Benefit Project to Grow Fresh Vegetables for Region’s Needy

Mount Joy Rotarians displaying auction items, standing: Jack Garner, President Joanne Pinkerton, Cris Rhyner, Paul Rouse, John Coleman and Tim Melhorn. Kneeling: President-elect Mike Rorabaugh and Dave Christian.

The Rotary Club of Mount Joy is holding a special fundraising project for the Wittel Growing Project. Wittel Farms LCC, in partnership with Hunger-Free Lancaster County, is in its third year undertaking an ambitious new initiative at their farm near Elizabethtown. The Wittel Growing Project grows fresh vegetables to help feed hungry people in Lancaster County, and throughout south-central Pennsylvania.

In 2017, The Wittel Farm Growing Project expanded from two to five acres, and it will cover five acres again in 2018. There they raise sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, various greens and sweet potatoes. The fresh food is distributed through the local food banks all summer long.

Though free to the food recipients, projects like this incur significant costs. The Rotary Club of Mount Joy is holding an online benefit auction to raise $2,500 to support this important local service. More than 20 items are up for review. People may bid securely through the Rotary Facebook page. The auction opens, Friday, June 22, at 8 a.m. and will continue through Monday, June 25, at 5 p.m.

Bidders can help and never leave the comfort of home. People can check out the gift certificates, baskets of goodies, and more at https://www. facebook.com/mountjoyrotary. Payment will be securely handled via PayPal.

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