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August 17, 2017 Feed the Kids prepares for 3rd Annual dinner
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Four years ago, West Elementary Counselor Leanne Bender was one of many interested parties, including a representative from the Mid-Prairie Council of Churches, the elementary principals, and Wellman Produce’s Julie Gordinier, who met with the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) representative about starting a backpack program to help meet the needs of those food insecure in the community.

Won over by the meeting, the district held the first fundraiser for the program, an auction during pork week to help pay for the program.

“Each year we need to provide a donation to HACAP for the food that we get. Legally, HACAP can’t charge us for the food that we get. However, it costs them to receive it, so they run on donations,” she said. “Without that, their program cannot exist.”

Bender said to cover their share of the program requires about $265 to $270 per student, or about $13,000 annually for the district. After the first year, they realized they needed to do more, and the dinner aspect was added.

“We thought doing it with a dinner would make it more attractive to people to get them to attend the auction,” Bender said.

To increase participation, after the initial auction held during Pork Fest, a more harvest-friendly date of November was selected the past two years. The event has slowly gained more participation as it has gone along. However, due to scheduling at Parkside, the event was moved to August. The early response has still been positive.

This year’s event will include a pork chop dinner, potatoes, a vegetable, roll, fruit, and desserts. The music will be provided by The Bumps.

Auction items include four hour boat rental for 30 people at the Coralville Reservoir, Nairobi Zoo in Coal City, Ill., a foursome for 18 holes with a cart at the Kalona Golf Club, area school apparel, and various gift cards.

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