The Rotary Club of Harlem hosted its third annual “Food for the Soul” food packaging event uptown.

With over 180 volunteers from organizations all over the city, The Rotary Club of Harlem was able to package 35,028 meals to be distributed by local Harlem food pantries during the cold holiday season. Each bag of food is fortified with vitamins and nutrients designed by The Outreach Program and Iowa State University.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Assemblyman Al Taylor attend the event. The annual food packaging event works like an assembly line with each volunteer playing a role in the packaging of each bag of food.

The meals were distributed Saturday, Nov. 2, to local food pantries across Upper Manhattan with 10,000 meals heading to the Bahamas via the JOCIF Foundation.