Two hundred families received picnic food Wednesday at Hall Township Food Pantry’s first Fourth of July distribution. It was a festive atmosphere complete with patriotic music and décor.
The first clients arrived at 7 a.m. for the 10 a.m. giving, and the lines grew. Distribution was both indoors and outdoors as carts were filled with picnic fare, complete with red paper plates and flag napkins.
More than 40 volunteers teamed together to distribute the food and help clients put it in cars and wagons. The event was made possible through the combined efforts and generosity of a giving community.
Monetary response to “It’s a Picnic!” was heartwarming. In fact, enough was collected to pay for the food and to purchase 10 tower fans, which were raffled to clients during the day.
The management team of HyVee must be commended for their involvement. They are dedicated to our cause, and their partnership makes our givings possible. We are so grateful and commend Kyle, Steven, Jay and Brandon for their help.
We also commend the River Bend Food Bank of Davenport for its partnership in providing food for the hungry.
The board of Project Success of Eastern Bureau County, sponsors of Hall Township Food Pantry, is most grateful to all who played a role in “It’s a picnic” — those who donated, volunteered and spread the word to make our first giving an annual event.
Note to readers: Jan Martin is director of Project Success of Eastern Bureau County, which sponsors the Hall Township Food Pantry in Spring Valley.