Kent Corporation to make 600 weekly for Muscatine residents

Kent Corporation food service staff preparing meals to donate to Muscatine's joint meal delivery program.

MUSCATINE, Iowa–In these uncertain times, Kent Corporation works closely with local non-profit partners to address critical issues, such as job loss and food insecurity, which currently impact so many in their local community.

In collaboration with the Salvation Army of Muscatine County, United Way of Muscatine, and MCSA, beginning April 29, Kent Corporation’s in-house kitchen staff will prepare nearly 300 meals every Wednesday and Thursday to distribute to food insecure families and individuals in its hometown of Muscatine.

“Since the beginning of this COVID-19 Pandemic, Kent has been extra vigilant in keeping its employees healthy and facilities safe; in addition, the company has looked for ways to combat the largest challenges our community is facing as a direct result of this coronavirus,” said Carol Reynolds, corporate spokesperson: “Kent has the facility space and expertise to make large quantities of good food. It is a natural fit for us to provide our neighbors much needed meals.”

Supporting the combined expertise and philanthropic efforts of these three organizations represents an approach Kent believes will make a big, positive impact on residents dealing with food insecurity.

“The ability of MCSA, Salvation Army and United Way, with the support of Kent Corporation, to work openly together fills me with so much hope and pride – I truly love our community and all it is able to accomplish together,” said Scott Dahlke, MSCA Director. “With the selflessness of our local private partners as well as local non-profits, the MSCA is able to build the partnerships needed to help support our community through these difficult times.”

Meals made with care by Kent Corporation will then go to the Salvation Army to support ongoing, collaborative efforts to feed Muscatine residents in need:

“Many of the events for which the Kent in-house kitchen staff would have been cooking have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Through our efforts to cook food for the community, Kent is able to give these employees work; it’s a win-win,” said Reynolds.

Additionally, Kent Corporation will match up to $25,000 of donations given through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine’s Community Continuity Fund. Donations to this fund support the immediate needs of Muscatine residents created by Covid-19 interruptions. To donate go to: https://www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org/donate/