Time to stock up

Time to

stock up


food pantry


The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation is issuing a “Stock Up For Summer” challenge to Hamilton County residents to raise money to assist local food pantries with increasing their inventory as they head into the heat of summer. Funds received on or before June 30, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 total by the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation.

To participate in the food pantry challenge, send your check or drop off your cash contributions to: Darcy Swon, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, 501 Bank Street Suite 1, Webster City, Iowa 50595. Checks should be made out to Enhance Hamilton County Foundation with the name of the food pantry to be supported listed in the memo line. If no food pantry is indicated, it will be assigned to one.

Hamilton County has five food pantries providing assistance to those in need: Upper Des Moines Opportunity (Webster City); Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry (Webster City); St. Paul Lutheran Church Food Pantry (Webster City); The Lord’s Cupboard Bethesda Lutheran Church (Jewell); and the Stratford Food Pantry (Stratford).

In 2015, the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, through their Food Pantry Challenges, raised over $12,500 to assist with purchasing of food and non-perishable items to meet the needs of Hamilton County residents. In addition, this past Spring, the Foundation donated $4,000 to the Webster City Middle School for their meal packaging program during Character Counts week. Over 41,000 meals were produced and are being distributed through the local food pantries and various assistance programs throughout Hamilton County.

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation was formed in 2005 as an affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Foundation. Their primary purpose is to serve as a liaison between charitable donors and the causes they are passionate about. The Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to establish endowment funds that improve the quality of life long-term throughout Hamilton County and that will provide grant awards for years to come.

For more information on the food pantry challenge or on the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, contact Swon at 515-835-0437 or visit the Foundation’s website at enhancehamiltoncounty.org.