Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

FRUITLAND, Iowa–In a time when many Muscatine County residents need support from their local food pantries more than ever, Bayer stepped up to help with sizable food and monetary donations to two local establishments. Following their fourth annual food drive, Bayer gave donations to both the Lighthouse Food Pantry in Fruitland and the Muscatine Food Pantry.

Lori Toborg, the Lighthouse Food Pantry’s director, shared that Bayer presented their organization with 436 pounds of food, as well as a $800 monetary donation. Fellow volunteers Jerry and Kim Jacobs, along with their grandsons Levi and Ryan, unloaded and weighed the food, which will benefit many people in Fruitland and surrounding communities in the Louisa-Muscatine Community School District attendance area. Each month, the pantry serves an average of 38 families or 110 people total.

Toborg appreciated Bayer’s support, as well as their ongoing assistance over the last several years: “Bayer has been a great help our food pantry. Over the last two years, they have provided us with over 1,900 pounds of food and over $800 in money donations. They have also been a great help to us when we needed the manpower to help unload food orders we picked up for the food bank. They are a great company to work with.”

With the food and money they raised through this year’s drive, Bayer also supported the Muscatine Food Pantry with a donation of 1,064 pounds of food and a $1,100 donation. Along with the Salvation Army of Muscatine County and United Way of Muscatine, MCSA helps operate the joint meal delivery program, which brings community members in need of food that cannot go out due to increased risk of complications from COVID-19 hot meals and bags of food throughout the week. Bayer’s donation will ensure they people, as well as those who continue to visit the pantry in person, get the food they and their families need.

Chris Boar, Bayer Muscatine’s community outreach coordinator, expressed delight that local employees brought together so many resources to support area food banks in need: “It is always a rewarding event, but this year with COVID-19 and people out of work due to quarantine efforts, its contributions are needed more than ever. Bayer is thankful that we are able to help where we can.”

If you live in the Louisa-Muscatine school district attendance area, you may visit the Lighthouse Food Pantry the third Tuesday of each month between 2 and 5:30 p. m. after completing a brief form documenting income. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, clients must now drive up and load their own prepackaged food bags.

If you live elsewhere in Muscatine County and require food assistance, call Muscatine Center for Social Action at 563-264-3278 or the Salvation Army of Muscatine County at 563-263-8272.

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