Outreach, Inc. Food Packaging Event a huge success
The Outreach, Inc. Food Packaging Event held on Marshalltown Community College’s campus last Tuesday was a huge success, raising over $10,000 and packaging more than 40,000 meals. Approximately 210 volunteers filled the MCC Student Activities Center Tuesday afternoon. Volunteers from local businesses, churches, citizens from Marshalltown and surrounding communities, and even some Boy Scouts from Gladbrook came to help package.
“Every dollar donated and every hour volunteered is what made this event so successful,” says event organizer Marnie Brown. “The Food Bank of Iowa donates to multiple organizations in Marshalltown so it is great to know that our efforts will benefit those close to home. I’m really pleased with the turnout on Tuesday and how the community worked together for such a great cause.”
A large part of the success of the event was due to the contribution of Mechdyne Corporation of Marshalltown. Mechdyne brought in 45 volunteers and contributed $3,000 for the event.
“At Mechdyne, we approach community contribution as an opportunity to use our resources to enhance the quality of life by serving the communities in which we live,” says Donna Mitchell, member of Mechdyne’s Social Committee. “Each month our company sponsors a two hour social gathering to foster team camaraderie. Once a year, we utilize our monthly social time to participate in a community service event. The Outreach Food Packaging event at MCC was a perfect way to have a fun afternoon together with our teammates and give back to the community.”
Mechdyne was considered a “platinum” sponsor for contributing $1,500 or more. MCC employees were also recognized as “platinum” sponsors, donating almost $2,000. The MCC Student Senate and Trinity Lutheran Church both received recognition as “gold” sponsors by bringing in over $750 each.
Individual “gold” sponsors include David and Diane Lewis, who contributed $250 or more. To be recognized as a “silver” sponsor, an individual must have donated at least $100. “Silver” sponsors included: Kaye Burke, Nate and Kelly Chua, Charles and Lois Cochran, Thomas and P.J. Colbert, Barb Funke, Raymond and Harlietta Helland, Melissa Hutton (MCC student), George Johnson, Ted and Ashley Lewis, Al and Angie Parks, Chris Russell, Mark and Colleen Springer.
Morning Glory Bakery of Marshalltown generously donated desserts for the volunteers.
PHOTO CAPTION: (above): The Outreach, Inc. Food Packaging Event held at Marshalltown Community College brought in over $10,000 on Tuesday. More than 200 volunteers participated in the event and packaged over 40,000 meals. (right): MCC students (from left to right) Courtney Schulmeister, Nichole Morrison, and Amanda Parks volunteer to package food for the event.