MUSCATINE, Iowa–Nothing brings a community together quite like a good meal, and for five years, Senior Resources did just that with their annual cookout fundraiser. When the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly changed the way people gathered in 2020, Senior Resources shifted gears, making the annual gathering a drive through event that would keep servers and supporters safe. This year, Senior Resources will bring their signature event back in a hybrid format, combining the best features of each of its previous events.
June 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., anyone looking for a good lunch and wanting to support Senior Resources can come out to the cookout in person. Located in the parking lot of Crossroads at 1424 Houser Street, diners can purchase a brat, hamburger, or hot dog prepared by a member of the Muscatine Fire Department, Muscatine Police Department, or Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, delicious sides from the Rendezvous, and a bottle of water for $10. They can then eat at one of the picnic tables set up throughout the lot and socialize with friends and staff members from Crossroads and Senior Resources as well.
For those who feel more comfortable carrying their food out, the Senior Resources Cookout has an option for them too. Just like last year, people wanting grab and go food can purchase it from a drive through line and take it home with them, or to wherever their travels will take them. Whether dining in or eating out, Vision 2020 Interim Deputy Director Megan Francis (who works closely with both Crossroads and Senior Resources) encourages people to buy their meal ticket in advance by stopping into Senior Resources at 1808 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Thanks to generous sponsorships from CBI Bank and Trust, C&D, Eichelberger Law, First National Bank, Hoffman Inc., Hy-Vee, Lutheran Living, the Rendezvous, RNS, Van Meter, Vision Center, and Walmart, Senior Resources can put 100% of the proceeds from the event into their programming. This includes running their adult day center, home repair and chore services, lawncare and snow removal programs, meals on wheels, and other outreach programs. To best meet the needs of all local seniors, Senior Resources offers all their programs on a sliding fee scale, where recipients pay based on what they can afford. Major fundraisers such as the cookout make it possible for Senior Resources to keep this sliding fee scale in place.
A very popular summer event, Francis looks forward to bringing back the in-person portion this year while still offering the drive through option. “This is a great event every year that the staff really looks forward to–the community support is fantastic.”
This June, she would like it if many people made a point of contributing to it and having a good time in whatever format they prefer. “There is no reason to not come out to the cook out–the food is always delicious, the options can meet any schedule, and the proceeds go to such a valuable resource in our community,” she emphasized. “We really hope everyone will stop by.”