Rotary Club’s Trivia Night to help benefit Lunch Tray Project

Published 7:39 am Friday, March 22, 2019

For those with an affinity for trivia and wanting to help others, the Rotary Club’s Trivia Night would be the best place to test your smarts while helping others in the Austin community.

From 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, the Hormel Historic Home will be the setting for a night of fun, trivia and fundraising.

Those interested in competing can purchase tickets on the Hormel Historic Home’s website. There will be a social hour with appetizers, cash/card bar available and a silent auction.

Trivia teams will compete at 7 p.m. and bidding for auction baskets will close following the break between trivia rounds.

The Rotary Club raises money to give to a local group, and Austin Public Schools’ Lunch Tray Project was chosen as this year’s recipient. The Lunch Tray Project works to help families that miss qualifying for free and reduced lunches by matching donors to families by funding some or all of their school lunch cost.

Although the segment of families isn’t large, it takes about $450 to feed a child for the entire school year, according to a previous story. To put it in perspective, a single parent with one child must gross less than $2,505 per month in order to qualify for free and reduced lunches.

Last year, the Lunch Tray Project raised $11,000 for student lunch accounts that missed qualifying and helped 41 students this year. Having donations, such as the ones that the Rotary Club’s Trivia Night would provide, was an immeasurable help.

“We were ecstatic,” said Mary Weikum, director of food and nutrition services. “We find many families in town where it’s a struggle to provide lunch money for their students, even though they don’t qualify for free and reduced lunches. Our goal would be to have the same amount of funds next year to help families. We’re super grateful for the Rotary Club choosing us.”