Rotary Clubs have 'Food Fight' to help Crisis Center

Thousands of pounds of food collected in July

Deborah Ockenfels (from left) and President Phil Peterson, of the Iowa City AM Rotary Club, accept the “Golden Turkey” trophy from Sara Sedlacek, communications and development director for the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The trophy was awarded to the Iowa City area club collecting the most donations per member for the Crisis Center’s Food Bank as part of a “Food Fight” fundraiser held in July. The Iowa City AM Rotary Club donated 205 pounds per member. (Photo by Richard T. Huber)
Deborah Ockenfels (from left) and President Phil Peterson, of the Iowa City AM Rotary Club, accept the “Golden Turkey” trophy from Sara Sedlacek, communications and development director for the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The trophy was awarded to the Iowa City area club collecting the most donations per member for the Crisis Center’s Food Bank as part of a “Food Fight” fundraiser held in July. The Iowa City AM Rotary Club donated 205 pounds per member. (Photo by Richard T. Huber)

IOWA CITY — For the second year in a row, the Iowa City area Rotary clubs — Iowa City Noon, Iowa City AM, Iowa City Downtown and Coralville North Corridor — conducted a “Food Fight” during the month of July.

Members were challenged to collect money and food for the Food Bank at the Crisis Center of Johnson County as part of that organization’s Thanksgiving in July campaign.

With cash and food donations, the equivalent of 27,887 pounds of food were donated as a result of this year’s Food Fight.

Using the Food Bank calculations, Rotarians contributed an amount equal to an entire week’s worth of food to nearly 1,000 individuals who need to supplement their food supplies through the Food Bank.

The Food Fight also featured some friendly competition between the Rotary clubs; the coveted “Golden Turkey” trophy is awarded to the club with the most donations per member.

This year, the winning club was Iowa City AM, which donated 205 pounds per member.

Rotary officials said in recent years, food donations from the community to the Crisis Center of Johnson County Food Bank have steadily declined and the Food Fight is designed, in part, to raise awareness of food insecurity.

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