Thanksgiving in July food drive to help Lord’s Cupboard aid needy
The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County is partnering with Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store to host the annual communitywide Thanksgiving in July food drive. Thanksgiving in July will be held Friday through Aug. 2. All cash and food donations will be given to The Lord’s Cupboard to help in aiding individuals and families in need of food assistance.
Thanksgiving in July provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses, civic and faith organizations throughout the community to host their own drives to collect food and donations for The Lord’s Cupboard. It can be as easy as donating several cans of food or sponsoring a food drive through ball games, dances, raffles or others. Anywhere people gather can be a potential food drive site.
The only requirement is that the donation be nonperishable, unopened food which has not expired.
Cash donations also are appreciated and allow The Lord’s Cupboard to buy bulk food at deeply reduced cost.
At Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store, customers will be given the option to make a monetary donation by “Rounding Up” at check-out lanes from Friday through Aug. 2.
Hy-Vee Gas will host grill-outs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a portion of all proceeds going to Thanksgiving in July.
New this year, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center will host Trivia Night to benefit The Lord’s Cupboard at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
For $15 per person or $100 for a team table of eight, participants can participate in a trivia contest for local prizes, with host Steve Smith of KMCD.
Trivia questions, from categories like movies/film, U.S. presidents, sports and Fairfield and Jefferson County history and more, will be projected on the big screen, with participants being asked 10 questions during each round.
Beverages and snacks from Fairfield Hy-Vee will be available for purchase during Trivia Night. and a 50/50 raffle will add to the fundraising efforts this year.
Tickets for Trivia Night are available for purchase at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center box office, 472-2787 and The Lord’s Cupboard. Those who purchase single tickets will be grouped into teams of eight, and attendees are encouraged to bring canned or boxed goods to donate to The Lord’s Cupboard.
At 8 p.m. July 29, Lord’s Cupboard volunteers will be at the Fairfield Community Band concert at the Ron Prill Bandstand in Central Park to “pass the hat” for cash donations.
In addition, nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at several locations: Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield Public Library, Everybody’s Whole Foods, Pizza Ranch and Pilot Grove Savings Bank in Packwood.
Nonperishable food donations and cash donations can be dropped off at Iowa State Bank & Trust, First National Bank, Libertyville Savings Bank, Community 1st Credit Union, MidWestOne Bank, and The Lord’s Cupboard.
Plus, donations of food or cash are always accepted at The Lord’s Cupboard between 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Accordining to the Fairfield Volunteer Center, two volunteers with cars are needed to drop off the food collection bins at seven locaitons Thursday.
Then, three volunteers are needed to pick up the donated food from the locations and deliver it to The Lord’s Cupboard on July 28, July 30 and the evening of Aug. 2.
To volunteer, contact Alyisa Gire by calling 866-360-5370, ext. 1605, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving families in need of food
The Lord’s Cupboard is Jefferson County’s sole emergency food pantry and serves about 500 families per month. Nearly 50 percent of those served by the pantry are under the age of 18.
For more information on Thanksgiving in July events or a tour of The Lord’s Cupboard, contact Laura Cohen by emailing LordsCupboard@LISCO.com or calling 472-8457.