‘Quacks for Backpacks,’ Duck Race at Camp Letts on May 19

English: A rubber duck. Français : Un canard e...

Calling all duc

I wonder if that Aflac duck knows about this event. Pass along the info if you see him.

The Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County is sponsoring Quacks for Backpacks on May 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at Camp Letts in Edgewater. The funds raised from this event will go toward the Rotarians’ Bountiful Backpack program. Each week, the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County provides food stuffs in backpacks that are given to students in the area who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend.

With federal hunger programs in place at area public schools—free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast—students do not have to go hungry during the school day. But when the weekend comes, and families don’t have enough money for groceries, these students often go hungry.

That is where Bountiful Backpacks comes in.

Did you know that hunger is a problem right here in South County? It is. For many students, pride may keep the parents from seeking help from the food pantry—or what the pantry provides isn’t enough for their size family.

The South County Rotary backpacks are filled with nourishing food for children to take home each Friday. The backpacks are returned to the school on Monday and are refilled by Rotarians and other volunteers in preparation for the next weekend.


Hunger doesn’t just impact the belly. It impacts the brain and many other functions. Here are some of the ways that hunger can impact a young person:

  • Mind. We think of hunger as a primarily physical experience, but it is important to remember that acute hunger makes learning and concentration difficult at every age.
  • Eyes. Vitamin A deficiencies and visual disturbances can cause short and long-term damage.
  • Mouth. Bleeding gums and decaying teeth are symptoms of calcium deficiency.
  • Heart. Hunger causes a decrease in heart rate and oxygen levels, making it difficult to perform any kind of physical activity.
  • Organs. There are a number of malnutrition and deficiency disorders that threaten the intestinal tract, kidneys and liver.
  • Skin. Designed to protect the body as one large shielding system, the skin can break down, dry out and flake without the necessary vitamins and minerals.
  • Joints and muscles.  Without sufficient protein, muscles can weaken and shrink.

You get the picture without all of the other examples. The point is, if we want our kids to be healthy, we can’t let them go hungry—so the fundraiser will be going for a good cause.

At the event, a Rubber Duck fun race will take place at 1:30 p.m. Ducks can be sponsored for $10 each. A Corporate Duck Race will take place prior to the fun race.  Corporate sponsorships are available as follows:

  • Title Sponsor(s) – Donation of $1000 for 3 event signs, one corporate duck race entry, corporate logo prominently displayed on all marketing materials and (3) signs at the event.
  • Event Sponsor(s) – Donation of $500 for a sign at event, one corporate duck race entry, logo displayed on all marketing materials and (1) sign.
  • Duck Sponsor(s) – Donation of $200, one corporate duck race entry and (1) sign at the event

So get the duck on over there May 19 and put your money down on your favorite duck to win.

For additional information, sponsorship forms, or an icon to donate, please visit southcountyrotary.org.


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