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Rotary highlights local solutions to hunger in Chicago

Rotary member cycles from Seattle to D.C. to show how urban farming and gleaning helps battle food insecurity in the United States

EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of his cross-country ride to raise awareness of community-based strategies to fight hunger in America, Seattle Rotary member Benjamin Rasmus will tour an urban farm in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood – an area plagued by food deserts.

Rasmus, Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and others will ride 22 miles from Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, IL to Wood Street Urban Farm, an oasis of sustainable—and profitable—organic farming and community-based job training.

WHO:                Benjamin Rasmus: program director, Rotary First Harvest 
                         John Hewko: general secretary, Rotary International

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, August 8, 2014
                        Start of bike ride 
                        8 a.m.
                        Rotary International Headquarters 
                        One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston

                        Arrival at destination/tour
                        9:30 a.m.
                        Wood Street Urban Farm (Englewood neighborhood)
                        5814 S. Wood Street, Chicago

BACKGROUND:   Rotary First Harvest is a non-profit volunteer group supported by Seattle area Rotary clubs that works with growers, haulers and local food banks to provide families in need with fresh, unharvested produce that would otherwise go to waste.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.

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