ROCKPORT The 16th annual “Serving to End Hunger” tennis and pickleball tournaments on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21 at the Midcoast Recreation Center proved a rousing success on the court and in its quest to feed people, as the event raised more than $35,000, with matching funds, for global, state and local food agencies.

The money helps the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger, Good Shepherd Food Bank and Salvation Army of Rockland.

Bruce and Martha Meyer, two of the event organizers, said they are”continuously grateful for the generosity of our MRC tennis and pickleball communities and many other contributors in the Midcoast area who sense the need and opportunity to respond to this hunger-relief effort.”

Pastor Daniel Rift, of ELCA World Hunger, said he was thankful for the “amazing commitment and dedication” by the MRC group to make the world better.

Ethan Minton, major gift officer of Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, said, with the MRC contribution and matching funds, his group totaled $23,176. “Absolutely amazing job,” he said. “I am so grateful for your generous support and partnership.”

Lt. Christian Smith of the Salvation Army in Rockland added: “The funds raised and donated will be used to continue to assist those in need in our community by helping us ensure we have a stocked pantry that is able to provide food for anyone who seeks our help. The Salvation Army of Rockland is extremely grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of these funds and is committed to put them back into the community we serve.”