Posted by Ryan Mills on Sep 23, 2019
On Monday, September 23rd, a few members of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset helped serve hot meals to people in need of food at the Samaritan Center in Simi Valley. This small but impactful project was organized by the club’s Community Service Director, Mike Kort. Mike contacted several restaurants to provide the meals who were more than happy to donate and coordinated the timing with The Samaritan Center. Thanks to Chick Fil-A, El Huarache de Mexico, and Smokin Steve's Pit BBQ at least 50 people in need were served. 
Mike was able to pick up all the food and deliver the meals to the Samaritan Center where they were heated and prepped. Mike even prepared lemonade at his home the night before. When the doors opened at 5:30p, a long line of those in need were served, buffet style, by rotarians who greeted them. To top off the evening, The Samaritan Center provided cake for dessert.
Mike says that he was “impressed at how extremely polite and very appreciative everyone was. Many of them would go out of their way to show their gratitude.” Giving to the community is what Rotary is about. Those that helped serve, left with happy hearts.
Mike would like to thank the restaurants that provided the meals. They had enough food for the initial rush, some of them having second helpings, and some leftovers that were packed up for those that couldn’t make it in time.
Many thanks to:
  • Mike Kort - Community Service Director at The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset
  • Toni Freeland - Interim Executive Director at The Samaritan Center of Simi Valley
  • Chick Fil-A - Simi Valley
  • El Huarache de Mexico - Simi Valley
  • Smokin Steve’s Pit BBQ - Simi Valley
  • All the volunteers!