IVH donates busload of food

Staff and residents of the Iowa Veterans Home came through in a big way for the Emergency Food Box Monday with a busload of food.

Through recent fundraising and food donations at IVH, staff members presented the food box with 1,892 food items and $3,828.

“I think this is probably one of the best responses we have had over the years,” said Kathy Shannon, a staff member at IVH.

Staff held team competitions to see which group could collect the most cans and money during its annual drive to benefit the food box.

“Staff responded in a very competitive and positive fashion,” Shannon said. “This is an important purpose, so it’s kind of close to IVH’s heart that we do this.”

Jackie Patterson, co-chair of the food box, which provides food for the less fortunate in the area, was nearly speechless seeing the bus unloaded with all of the food Monday.

“It’s almost overwhelming,” Patterson said. “I can’t believe it.”

This donation comes on the heels of the major canned food donation from the Marshall Town Center “Can-Do” effort.

“There have been some wonderful efforts,” Patterson said. “Once again, Marshalltown has proved to be a generous and compassionate community.”