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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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Written by Caren Laughlin   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 07:49

The Kiwanis Club of Davenport will present a check for $4,000 to River Bend Foodbank. The money will sponsor the children that receive backpack food at Madison Elementary School in Davenport.

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.

Modern Woodmen hosts meal-packing event to feed hungry in QCA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:21

Modern Woodmen home office employees attempt to pack 50,000 meals for the hungry

Rock Island, Illinois – Hunger is a serious epidemic for some in the Quad Cities and Modern Woodmen of America is stepping up to make a difference for food-insecure families in the community. On Friday, August 15 Modern Woodmen will host an Outreach, Inc. food-packaging event from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Modern Woodmen printing and shipping building (2015 2nd Avenue, Rock Island). Interview opportunities will be available.

Nearly 450 Modern Woodmen employees will take part in the food packaging event to provide 50,000 meals for River Bend Foodbank. Modern Woodmen will cover the cost the ingredients and supplies to package the meal. Each meal costs 25 cents.

Bags of delicious and nutritious macaroni and cheese will be packaged, sealed and boxed for distribution at River Bend Foodbank’s mobile food pantry on Aug. 23, also sponsored by Modern Woodmen. The packaged meals, developed by Outreach, Inc., are high in vitamins, protein, calcium and other nutritious items.

This event is one of many fraternal projects sponsored by Modern Woodmen as part of the summer-long campaign to Knock Out Hunger.

Knock Out Hunger campaign

This year, Modern Woodmen has selected River Bend Foodbank to support through its Knock Out Hunger campaign. Modern Woodmen employees and members will donate time, money and food to the food distribution center throughout the summer.

The culmination of the Knock Out Hunger campaign is a 5K charity run, walk and kids’ fun run on September 20. Families across the Quad Cities are invited to participate in the event located in the District of Rock Island. All proceeds will benefit River Bend Foodbank.

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.


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Written by Charlie Becker   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:09
MONTICELLO, IOWA- Fresh pineapples will be in Iowa for the 37th Annual Pineapple Sales for Camp Courageous the week of August 6th – 10th. The pineapples will be on sale at nearly 30 Hy-Vee Stores in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Marion and Waterloo. Most locations will have the ability to core and place the pineapple in a container for the customer. Pineapple sales will go to benefit Camp Courageous, a year-round respite and recreational facility, serving over 6,500 individuals with special needs annually. Customers not interested in pineapples are encouraged to buy a gift card for food and send it to camp. Select Hy-Vee stores will provide camp the proceeds from “rounding up” the total customer purchase to the next dollar amount.

The 36th Annual Pineapple Gala, will be Friday August 15, returning to downtown Cedar Rapids at the new DoubleTree Hotel beginning at 5:30 PM. This is one of Iowa's largest charity silent and live auctions with hundreds of items available for bid. The silent auction includes everything from wine and golf packages, Hawkeye, Cyclone, and UNI Packages, to numerous themed baskets. Highlights of the live auction are a weeklong stay at a lovely house in the mountains of Colorado, a pick-up truck with a snow blade, and a beautiful Lexus car. To view the auction items go to

An exceptional Hawaiian dinner, entertainment, and door prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii, are planned for this year's Gala. Shelly Till, sports commentator, studio analyst and sideline reporter with the Big Ten Network and Hawkeye Sports Properties will be the 2014 Gala Emcee, along with Honorary Camp Courageous Board Member Ralph Palmer. Tickets are $60 each or a table of 10 for $600. Auction items can be donated, or tickets can be obtained through camp by calling Charlie Becker at 319/465-5916, ext. 2100 or e-mailing at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Honored at this year's Pineapple Gala will be retired Board member Phil Martin and his wife Shirley, for their many years of service to camp and this event.


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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:29

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $25,000.00 grant from The Doris & Victor Day Foundation. This award supports the direct services that Churches United provides in the Quad City Area. We are very grateful for their generosity.

Churches United operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad Cities, and Winnie’s Place, a shelter serving women (and their children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.

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. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at



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