OTTUMWA — The Food Bank of Southern Iowa was the big winner in KIIC Radio’s sixth annual “Stump the Chumps” NCAA basketball championship contest in March and early April.
Thunder Country 96.7-FM in Albia along with contest sponsor Community 1st Credit Union presented food bank director Neal Abbott with a $1,100 donation check April 18 in Ottumwa.
The food bank was selected as the beneficiary of a $1 donation for each contest entrant who went online to fill out a free tournament bracket. The donation will be doubled because the food bank was in the midst of a dollar-for-dollar match fundraising effort.
“This is a significant and generous donation for the food bank, and we’re very appreciative,” said Abbott, who runs the facility that serves more than 160 organizations in 13 counties.
KIIC owner Joe Milledge said the popular contest drew more than 1,000 participants with the top prize being a $500 Menards gift card. Milledge and Community 1st Credit Union marketing manager Anne Hagen made the check presentation at the food bank.
The nonprofit food bank's primary role is “to provide food to the charitable agencies offering direct service to hungry Iowans.” Founded in 1983, food is distributed through churches, senior centers, day care centers, homeless shelters, drug and alcohol treatment centers and other nonprofit agencies. The southern Iowa counties served include Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne.
The food bank’s list of most-needed items includes high-protein canned meats (chicken and tuna), peanut butter, canned soups, instant oatmeal, boxed meal kits (spaghetti noodles and meat sauce; refried beans, taco shells and salsa; and noodles, mayonnaise and tuna), 100 percent fruit juice and personal and paper products (toilet paper, toothpaste and diapers.)
For more information, contact Abbott at the food bank’s Ottumwa location, 705 W. Main St., by phone at 641-682-3403 or online at www.foodbankofsoutherniowa.org.