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Food Pantries Across Iowa to Receive 24 Tons of Pork During Hunger Action Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jen Sorenson   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:59
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation restock food pantries across Iowa
IOWA FALLS, Iowa (Sept. 18, 2014) — Empty freezers in Iowa food pantries will soon be full as the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms is donating approximately 48,000 pounds of fresh, boneless pork loins to help feed Iowa families in need. The pork is being delivered this week to local community organizations, food shelves and pantries across Iowa.
“We focus on helping Iowa families who need a helping hand,” says Jeff Hansen, President and CEO of Iowa Select Farms.  “The pork loin donation helps bring families together for a good meal, which is especially important with the rising prices at the meat case.”
One in eight Iowans, or more than 390,000 individuals, face the risk of hunger every day, according to Cory Berkenes, Executive Director of the Iowa Food Bank Association, so the donation, valued at $125,760, comes at a time when there is a great need. “These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days,” says Berkenes.
Each community has their own unique needs, so the Foundation works with local pantries to determine how they can best meet those needs. In total, 800 cases of pork loins will be handed out during this round of donations, and with the great need for fresh pork, pantries exhaust their supply very quickly. Whether the pork is used to meet immediate needs or saved for holiday food baskets, the loins help ease the stress for families wondering where their meals will come from.
“You have no idea how much this donation helps,” said Diana Bass, a representative of the food pantry at United Methodist Church in New Hartford, Iowa. “Protein is such an important part of our diets and unfortunately, high meat prices make it hard for many people to access these nutrient-rich foods.”
The boneless pork loins are approximately 4.5 pounds and each can feed 24 people a 3-ounce serving of pork. The 800 cases of pork loin roasts donated by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms will provide approximately 230,400 servings to Iowa families.
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About the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation
The Hansen’s, who founded Iowa Select Farms and New Modern Concepts in Iowa Falls, established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006 to work with philanthropic organizations to relieve hunger, support military families and strengthen efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer while improving the quality of life for cancer patients.
About Iowa Select Farms
Iowa Select Farms, based in Iowa Falls, is the largest pork producer in Iowa. The company has been producing high-quality pork for 20 years and is committed to meeting or exceeding all requirements in efforts to protect the environment and ensure proper care and well-being of swine. With nearly 550 swine farms across the state, Iowa Select Farms is one of the leading economic engines to Iowa’s rural communities through employing more than 1,000 people, contracting with more than 345 farm families and supporting hundreds of local businesses throughout the state.

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Written by Charlie Becker   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:28
MONTICELLO, IA --The Camp Courageous Annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House is will be held at the Camp Courageous Main Lodge on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Camp Courageous began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974. That year, 211 campers were served. This year, Camp Courageous is celebrating 40 years & will serve nearly 7,000 campers.

Camp Courageous will be serving a hot breakfast of pancakes, pork sausage, juice, milk & coffee. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12.

Live Reenactment Train Robbery by Red Cedar Regulators will be at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM. The Super zip and Bounce house will also be available during the duration of the breakfast, weather pending.

The Dixie-Notes-Plus will be playing live At the Sill Barn at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.

A DVD presentation about the camp can be found in the camp's main office playing every half hour. The Camp Store, with new camp merchandise, will be located in the main lodge and the main office.

Open House will feature the new extension of the Camp Courageous Train & the dedication of Camp's new lake, Lake Todd. The Dedication ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm at the Lake.

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 38 and 151-Exit 65.

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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Monday, 22 September 2014 07:41
Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $10,000.00 grant from Community Resources Corporation, in support Winnie’s Place.

Winnie’s Place is a shelter serving women (and their children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence. Last year, Winnie’s Place served a total of 119 women and 147 children residentially, provided 4151
lodgings, 8229 meals, and answered 859 crisis calls.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area.

As well as Winnie’s Place, Churches United operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at


Modern Woodmen’s Race to Knock Out Hunger is Sept. 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O'Brien   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:13

All proceeds to benefit River Bend Foodbank

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Modern Woodmen of America will host the Race to Knock Out Hunger, a 5K charity run/walk and free kids’ fun run to support River Bend Foodbank. All proceeds from the race and the summer-long Knock Out Hunger campaign will be presented to River Bend Foodbank in a pre-race ceremony.  The event begins at 8:25 a.m. with the kids’ fun run, followed by a shotgun 5K start at 9 a.m. Media coverage is welcomed and appreciated.

“The Race to Knock Out Hunger is very special for Modern Woodmen,” said President and CEO Kenny Massey. “It’s our first-ever race in the Quad Cities, but more importantly, it’s the grand finale of our four-month long Knock Out Hunger campaign to support River Bend Foodbank.”

During the Knock Out Hunger campaign, Modern Woodmen employees, their families and community members collected more than 2,500 pounds of food and donated almost $3,000. This does not include proceeds from the Race to Knock Out Hunger. Modern Woodmen also sponsored three mobile food pantries staffed by employee volunteers this summer.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from Modern Woodmen and its employees,” says Tom Laughlin, executive director of River Bend Foodbank. The Knock Out Hunger Campaign is making a tremendous difference in our efforts to alleviate local hunger.”


Knock Out Hunger campaign

In 2014, Modern Woodmen selected River Bend Foodbank to support through a Knock Out Hunger campaign. Modern Woodmen employees and members donated time, money and food to the food distribution center.

Some of the efforts included sponsoring multiple mobile food pantry events, a home office food drive and backpack programs for local children. On August 15, Modern Woodmen employees packaged 50,000 meals for hungry families in the Quad Cities. The Race to Knock Out Hunger will be the culmination of these efforts, on Sept. 20.

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing more than 8 million pounds of food annually to feed the hungry. The Foodbank serves more than 10,000 individuals every week through its distribution network of 300 charitable feeding programs in a 22-county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal financial services organization offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

For more information about the Knock Out Hunger campaign or the effort to support River Bend Foodbank, contact Amber O’Brien at 309-793-5660 (office), 309-798-6704 (cell) or visit


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Written by Holly Larson   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:06

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation’s “Nick Teddy 5k,” presented by First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, Iowa, was held on Saturday, September 13, and hosted almost 375 runners in its third annual event.

Overall male winner for the 5K race was Michael Converse of Geneseo, IL with a time of 18:47. Women’s winner Yvonne Regan of Port Byron, IL crossed the finish line in a time of 21:09.  Complete race results can be found online at !

The day’s races included a 1-mile family fun run/walk, the Teddy Trot for children 12 years of age and under, and the 5k event. Breton Williams, presenting sponsor from First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, IA, fired the starting shot to open the festivities. Members from Riverdale Elementary’s 100 Mile Club ran to earn credits toward shoe charms to mark their achievements.

The annual celebration also included kids’ games, a silent auction and raffle, and an after party with food and beverage by D’s Smokin BBQ and Catering of Albany, IL, and the new River Bottom Chop House of Port Byron, IL. Entertainment was provided by local artist Jordan Danielsen.

The Nick Teddy 5k is held in memory of Port Byron native Nicholas Theodore Strub, who died of Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2011. Proceeds benefit sarcoma research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, and provide support for local Ewing’s patients and their families. The rare pediatric bone cancer currently affects several area children and young adults.

More information can be found online at:,, on Facebook (;on Twitter (

Photos and interviews are available for 5k post-race stories. Race Director/Contact: Holly Larson
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