To the editor:
It's with great joy and gratitude I extend the news that our first communitywide fundraiser the Hunger March benefiting the Lord's Cupboard was an overwhelming success not only financially but bringing awareness to the ministry of the Lord's Cupboard in Webster Co.
Over 50 walkers came to walk 2 miles in our Hunger March growing awareness to 10 facts and figures posted at the Crossroads Mall. Thank you to the mall for hosting us and being a great venue for a cold March day. Those 50 walkers had all asked individuals to pledge financially bringing the message of hunger insecurity to over 500 individual new donors to our ministry. This alone made the event a success for us. We also appreciated promotional time from Three Eagles Communication and The Messenger Home and Garden Show admission made for a huge March.
Partnering with us also in March the Noon Sertoma group and Fort Frenzy organized a Can Frenzy. If you didn't get to see the amazing construction displays out of can goods you missed out. This is sure to be an annual event becoming more and more competitive. Thank you to Cargill, Valero Renewable Fuels, Young Professionals, Allers Architects and especially Terry Moehke who put lots of time and effort into this project. The Noon Sertoma group followed through with delivering almost 4,000 can goods to the Lord's Cupboard from Can Frenzy.
Financially we exceeded our goal with matching $7,500 from the Fort Dodge United Way and Community Foundation. A heartfelt thank you to our $1,000-plus Hunger March teams. The St. Olaf Walk n Stroll, Team Chase Awareness and the Life Savers from ICCC Nursing Students all met the top challenge. Businesses in our community came forward as well with special thanks to La'James International College and C&S Products for outstanding giving.
We will be marching forward and holding the Hunger March annually hoping to continue the partnerships we've formed and spread awareness to hunger insecurity in Webster County. The Lord's Cupboard is dedicated to maintaining a continuous growth in service to assist our clients to improve their quality of life. It is our hope that those who receive food will be strengthened in body and soul. The Lord's Cupboard extends a huge thanks to the Fort Dodge and surrounding area for supporting our mission.
Blessings around your tables.