The Pantry received some amazing donations at the end of November and in December. In November, the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort delivered over 1,300 lbs. of food, and it was exciting to see so much variety.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch donated a portion of this season’s proceeds – another wonderful community effort.
In December, we were delighted to receive $5,500 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois to help provide coats, socks and underwear for our October distribution. This donation was obviously a big help, as we gave out items to 250 children and adults.
The Hawkeye Chapter of 100+ Men Who Care chose the Pantry to receive their 4th quarter donation of $20,000. This was another incredibly generous gift from individuals in our community.
An anonymous donor decided to donate to the Pantry instead of going to the Rose Bowl. This person donated 1930 lbs. of food and toiletries, and many of the items were things we often aren’t able to stock.
The Alliant Energy Foundation donated $1,000 to help us provide more healthy food for the families we serve.
“In Community” is a fundraiser where local businesses raise money from the end of November until Christmas Eve to donate to their local food pantries. Each business decides how they will accomplish this, often donating a portion of designated sales. From Italian food to popcorn, Hawk- eye, local school or running gear to portraits, exercise to eye exams, mailing to printing to advertising, North Liberty businesses are participating in raising funds for our Pantry. It’s a terrific community effort spearheaded by Lucy Hershberger at Forever Green Greenhouse and Garden Center.
It has been quite a year for the Pantry. Ilsa DeWald was hired to be the Coordinator for the Growing Together Garden, a teaching patio was built, and the garden and trees were planted. The Turkey Trot was run, and Lunch and Fun was one of our summer activities. Steven Williams was hired as our Special Projects and Marketing Coordinator. The kitchen was renovated and completed, which will provide good storage and work space and the ability to conduct more classes.
The donations and grants we receive allow us to provide so many services and be involved in many activities and events.
Volunteers are essential to the services offered by the Pantry. No matter what your skills and available time, there is a place for you at the Pantry. There are one-time projects and continuing opportunities for helping our neighbors who are struggling. The next New Volunteer Orientation is Monday, Jan. 25, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Put your faith into action and become a Pantry volunteer.