Altrusa International of Hermiston is responding to the needs of the hungry.

Members of the service club headed into the kitchen a couple of times since the beginning of the year to prepare soup. The group packaged more than 50 bags of frozen taco soup and chicken with rice soup in January, which was presented to Jason Estle of Desert Rose Ministries, in Hermiston. And, in April, the gals were back in the kitchen again — making another 50 bags, including taco soup and navy beans with ham soup.

A Community Service Committee project, the club received funding for the effort from a $250 grant from Thrivent Financial. In addition, the First United Methodist Church opened their doors to allow the use of their kitchen for the project. Estle, who expressed appreciation to the Altrusans, said the food blesses many hungry people in the community.

Altrusa clubs are active in service in an effort to create better communities. The name “Altrusa” is derived from combining altruism and USA.

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