To the editor:

The volunteers at the Neighborhood Food Bank of Winnebago County want to express sincere appreciation to the residents of Forest City, Leland, Fertile and Hanlontown areas for the outstanding support they gave to the "Scouting for Food" event that was held on Oct. 24. Also, many thanks to the dedicated Cub and Boy Scouts and their parents who gave up a good part of their Saturday for this worthy project. More than 2,000 food items and more than $200 in cash was collected to help families of limited income in Winnebago, Hancock and Worth Counties. Special thanks goes to Cindy Brockhohn, Sheri Hughes, Keith Byro, Tim Kleemeier and Dylan Krutsinger and the Scout leaders for their role in this program.

An effort like this needs media support. The Forest City Summit and KIOW provided coverage that helped make this event a success.

Thus far in 2015, the Neighborhood Food Bank has served as many as 216 families, representing 679 individuals, in a single month. The food bank has been blessed to receive tremendous support from the communities served in Winnebago, Worth and Hancock Counties. This support from individuals, area churches, local businesses and industries and community organizations has provided foodstuffs and some health care items to a monthly average of 180 families representing 562 individuals over the last five months. Eligibility for food bank usage is residency in the three county area and 185 percent of the national poverty level based on income and family size.

Cash donations have allowed us to purchase USDA food and items like canned fruit and veggies at a cost of 14 cents a pound from the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines. Local grocery stores have generously made available items like flour, margarine, cereal and sugar at their cost.

The Neighborhood Food Bank is located at 215 S. 4th St. and is open Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and at other times as needed. Many thanks to all the community residents that help make this program the success it has become for more than 30 years.

Sincerely,

Wayne Johns

For the board of directors and the volunteers of the Neighborhood Food Bank

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