With a combination of 21 can sculptures and donations by local residents, the 2013 Can-Do benefit for the Emergency Food Box collected 23,000 nonperishable food items to help feed the hungry in Marshall County.
Can-Do 2013 sculptures were on display April 29 through May 12 at Marshall Town Center. The 21 sculptures from businesses and groups from around the area ranged from an elephant (First Rate Real Estate) to replicas of the home of the Bobcats, the MHS Roundhouse (Marshalltown High School and Farmers Savings Bank).
When it came to the Can-Do People's Choice award, the Marshalltown Community College "Eye of the Tiger" just edged out the Assistance League's Butterfly in voting by the public. Marshalltown Community College was awarded the People's Choice Award by representatives of the Emergency Food Box and Marshall Town Center.
Susan Schuett-Krough, Marshall Town Center marketing coordinator, presents the 2013 Can-Do People’s Choice Award to Christ Brees and Angie Redmond, of Marshalltown Community College, as Emergency Food Box volunteers and staff look on. Donations from the public were counted to determine the People’s Choice Award winner. Pictured, from left: Susan Schuett-Krough (Marshall Town Center), Chris Brees (MCC), Angie Redmond (MCC), Elder Oster (Emergency Food Box Volunteer), Elder Baurer (Emergency Food Box Volunteer), Elder Marting (Emergency Food Box Volunteer), Jackie Patterson (Emergency Food Box), Ada Brown (Emergency Food Box) and Anne Schulte (Emergency Food Box).
The 23,000 cans and nonperishable items is the single biggest can drive in the history of the Emergency Food Box. That number is almost half of the Emergency Food Box's all-time annual collection total of 50,000.
"At a time of the year when food donations are needed the most," said Ken Huge, general manager of Marshall Town Center. "We could not be prouder of the way our community answered the call-to-action to aid our neighbors right here in Marshall County."
"In addition to our wonderful and creative Can-Do teams, we would like to thank these companies for supporting our fight against hunger," said Susan Schuett-Krough, marketing coordinator at Marshall Town Center. "Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Adland Engraving, Heavenly Breads the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitor's Bureau and MEDIC. Also, Northwestern Mutual's Jeffrey Krough and Gordon Leth, Marshalltown OBGYN, The Times-Republican, Mediacom/OnMedia, KFJB and KXIA. The Knights of Columbus also did great work helping us "tear down" the sculptures for the Emergency Food Box. Without their support, we could not have filled the pantries at the Emergency Food Box as we did."