At the suggestion of Lions Clubs International, the Up Country 88 Lions Club has signed a community partnership agreement with Interfaith Food Bank. Recently, the food bank’s Executive Director Beth Stanton spoke at a Lions’ meeting in Pine Grove. The two organizations will work together to achieve their common goal of supporting and improving their impact on the community.

Several Up Country 88 Lions volunteer at the food bank. The club donates food to Project Thanks in the fall and makes monetary donations to the food bank. An Interfaith Food Bank director or representative will attend the club’s fundraisers and events.

Immediate Past President Joe Bonini presented Executive Director Stanton with a check for $500.00 for those in need in the Jackson and upcountry areas.

The Up Country 88 Lions Club has 33 members and meets on first and third Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Pine Grove Pizza. Lions clubs are a group of women and men who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Up Country 88 Lions Club, please contact Lion Gail at

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