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Gretchen Mohr donates $1,000 to River Bend Foodbank’s Backpack Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Schroder   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:13

Check presentation held at Foodbank

 

Davenport, IA— On August 18th, Gretchen Mohr of Long Grove, IA and Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Regional Honoree, presented River Bend Foodbank with a check for $1,000. This money will help sponsor children on the Backpack Program for the 2014-2015 school year.

Gretchen is a sophomore at St. Louis University and attended North Scott High School. She is very passionate about fighting hunger and malnutrition. “I am grateful for this opportunity to assist with the worthwhile work that the River Bend Foodbank is doing, along with their sponsors, to help fight hunger in the Quad Cities through the Backpack Program,” said Gretchen. As a Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Regional Honoree, Gretchen received a $1,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of her choice.

Caren Laughlin, River Bend Foodbank Marketing Director and Backpack Program Coordinator, said, “This is an incredibly wonderful donation by Gretchen and we are so thrilled that she chose the River Bend Foodbank Backpack Program as her charity of choice.”

The Backpack Program provides children at risk of hunger with nourishing food to take home on Fridays to get them through the weekend when programs like school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  The Backpack Program targets pre-school, elementary and middle school children who are at risk of chronic hunger.  These children are identified by name by their school staff.  Each child receives a weekly food pack on Fridays to put in their Backpacks and take home for the weekend.  The food is child friendly, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. The bags contain about eight items and include two “entrees” like stew or soup, two servings of fruit, cereal, milk, and juice. We partner with the schools to select the children and distribute the food. Currently we are serving 43 schools and 1,700 of the neediest children in the Quad Cities.

The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship is named for the Sodexo Foundation's founder and former president, who was an unstoppable champion in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to Steve's efforts, which made these scholarships possible, an emerging generation of leaders will be cultivated in the fight against hunger.

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NICK TEDDY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PRESENTING SPONSORSHIP FOR SEPTEMBER 5K PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nancy Strub   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:09

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to announce First Wealth Financial Group, of Clinton, IA, as the presenting sponsor of the 2014 “Nick Teddy 5K.” The event will take place on Sept. 13, 2014, beginning at 9:00 AM.! !

The “Nick Teddy 5k” is held in memory of 29-year old Port Byron native Nick Strub, who fought a courageous battle against Ewing’s sarcoma for more than 5-years. The NT5k is a family-focus event, and offers a fun day for hundreds of participants and their families. Last year’s event raised $25,000 to fund research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, and to help defray
travel and lodging expenses during treatment for a local Ewing’s patient and her family.!

First Wealth Financial Group Founder Breton Williams has known the Strub family for several years. Their relationship and the experience they went through has touched Breton deeply. “First Wealth is very excited to be involved with such a great cause and foundation,” Williams said.

 
Mark your calendars for this HUGE rummage sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by St. Mark Ev. Lutheran Church   
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:57
Oct 23-25 - Huge rummage sale at St. Mark Ev. Lutheran Church, 2363 W. 3rd St., Davenport. Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 8am-12 Noon. Proceeds benefit our seminary students.  Contact: 563-322-5318

 
Kiwanis Club of Davenport donates $4,000 to River Bend Foodbank’s Backpack Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Schroder   
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:53

Check presentation held at Foodbank

 

Davenport, IA— On August 15th, the Kiwanis Club of Davenport presented River Bend Foodbank with a check for $4,000. This money will sponsor the children on the Backpack Program at Madison Elementary School in Davenport for the 2014-2015 school year.

Caren Laughlin, River Bend Foodbank Marketing Director and Backpack Program Coordinator, said, “This is an incredible donation and insures that these children at Madison Elementary School will not go hungry on the weekends throughout the school year.”

The Backpack Program provides children at risk of hunger with nourishing food to take home on Fridays to get them through the weekend when programs like school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  The Backpack Program targets pre-school, elementary and middle school children who are at risk of chronic hunger.  These children are identified by name by their school staff.  Each child receives a weekly food pack on Fridays to put in their Backpacks and take home for the weekend.  The food is child friendly, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. The bags contain about eight items and include two “entrees” like stew or soup, two servings of fruit, cereal, milk, and juice. We partner with the schools to select the children and distribute the food. Currently we are serving 43 schools and 1,700 of the neediest children in the Quad Cities.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

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Communities Come Together to End Hunger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:18

Hunger and poverty are problems that impact communities around the world. Locally, here in the Quad Cities, we know the struggle. We see it around us, and know the work of the community to end it. Nationally and globally, hunger and poverty are also a problem. Every night, 1 in 7 people in the world go to bed hungry. In the United States, more than 17 million households, or 14.5 percent of Americans don’t know where their next meal may come from.1

In October, the community is coming together to end hunger both locally and globally. Starting with churches in the community, and including local businesses, schools, and the entire community, the 43rd annual Quad Cities CROP Hunger Walk has been planned for Sunday, October 5th at 2:00 p.m. Our walk, which is the only bi-state CROP Hunger Walk in the nation, will raise funds to go toward hunger alleviation efforts both in the Quad Cities and through the work of Church World Service around the world. The 600 or so walkers also raise awareness of the struggle families dealing with hunger and poverty face on a daily basis.

“Here in our area, 25 percent of funds raised will go to local hunger programs which make a real impact for families dealing with hunger and poverty in our community. These funds really do make a difference in peoples lives in our community,” said Rick Martin, coordinator of the Quad Cities CROP Hunger walk.

“The money and awareness raised by the more than 70 CROP Hunger Walks across Iowa make a huge difference in the lives of people around the world,” said Jordan Bles, Church World Service Assistant Field Director for the Iowa Region. “$110 raised is the equivilant of an emergency food package – locally purchased and culturally appropriate enough for a family of five for one month. $300 equals 10 meters of a shallow borehole well for a community desperate for clean, safe water and sustainable food security.”

Everyone is invited to participate, and play a part in ending hunger both in the Quad Cities area and around the world. For more information, please contact Rick Martin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 
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