The Batavia Rotary Club is bringing a taste of the Clermont County Fair to the James Sauls Sr. Homeless Shelter – quite literally.
The organization used funds raised at its annual golf outing to purchase two hogs at the fair auction from Tommy Zinkhen-Donohoo of the Country Connections 4-H Club and Tyler Berkshire of the Clermont Northeastern FFA.
The hogs were then processed and the club donated the meat to the homeless shelter. Both youths said they would be putting the money earned from the sale towards their scholarship funds.
Wilson said it was very exciting to be able to help more than one organization with the same donation.
LeAnn Townes said the Batavia Rotary Club is a big supporter of the homeless shelter and the pork is very much appreciated. The two pigs produced around 200 pounds of meat for the shelter. Townes said the shelter is always filled to its 40 person capacity and they could easily serve two baked hams in one meal.
Billie Kuntz, Executive Director of Clermont County Community Services, said the shelter housed 261 people from January through July. Townes said they have had to turn away more than 300 people in that same time period due to lack of space.
Most of the food provided at the shelter is purchased through grants. Kuntz said the shelter also receives donations of leftovers from weddings and family reunions or picnics.
Townes said the shelter is structured to help residents get back on their feet. She said each resident is required to do chores and helped out around the shelter. In return residents are given food and shelter and assistance in their job searches.