Last week, a Ruan Transport Corp. tractor hauling an Iowa Motor Truck Association show trailer sat parked on Locust Street, with the Ruan Center as its backdrop, as Combat Hunger volunteers filled the trailer with thousands of items to donate to the Food Bank of Iowa.
Combat Hunger, hosted annually by Star 102.5, is an event designed to remind people there are children and families and seniors who do not have enough to eat, and to provide enough food for them to eat during the harshest weeks of winter. During the two-day event, Nov. 18 and 19, people were encouraged to drop off food donations at the Combat Hunger encampment at 12th and Locust streets.
"Ruan is more than happy to offer its resources for such an important cause," said Ruan President Ralph Arthur. "With a lackluster economy, more and more people are finding it harder to get by. Supporting Combat Hunger and the Food Bank of Iowa is a great way to help the rest of the Iowa community."
In addition to the downtown encampment, many local schools and businesses hosted food drives to benefit Combat Hunger. IMTA, an official sponsor of the event, sent drivers all over the metro area to pick up the donations.
All donations will go to the Food Bank of Iowa, which channels more than 5 million pounds of food annually to more than 40 counties in Iowa to distribute to those in need at shelters, pantries, food banks, non-profit day care centers, residential care centers and child and senior programs. Over Combat Hunger's 20 year history, it has brought in 1.5 million pounds of food, all of which stays in Iowa. To learn more about Combat Hunger, visit www.combathunger.com.