Perry-Area Food Pantry joins Smoke Out Hunger BBQ Sunday

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Food Bank of Iowa CEO Michelle Book, left, and Perry-Area Food Pantry Site Manager Lou Hoger collaborated Sunday at the Smoke Out Hunger Barbecue fundraiser in Des Moines. Photo courtesy Lois Higer


The Iowa Food Bank sponsored its fourth annual Smoke Out Hunger barbeque fundraiser Sunday, presented by Nationwide from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brenton Skating Plaza in Downtown Des Moines.

Lois Hoger, volunteer coordinator at the Perry-Area Food Pantry, and Lou Hoger, Perry-Area Food Pantry site manager, participated in the annual fundraiser. The Perry-Area Food Pantry is a regular recipient of food from the Food Bank of Iowa, purchasing available commodities from the Des Moines bank every other week.

Lou Hoger also took the opportunity to advise Book of the need for access to Latino and Hispanic food commodities from the Food Bank of Iowa.

Attendees enjoyed all the BBQ they could eat from a smoke-tastic lineup of local pitmasters and restaurants, including some unique vegetarian BBQ options. Craft beers complemented the BBQ samplings — all part of the ticket price. Live music, kid’s activities and picnic table board games rounded out the food-bank fun.

The vendor list included Uncle Wendell’s BBQ, Captns BBQ and Other Things, Bubba
Teddy Maroon’s, Rootz Afro Caribbean Cuisine, Fresh Cafe and Market, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab, Gateway Market and Cafe, Crème Cupcake, Jethro’s BBQ and Splash Seafood Bar and Grill, Brookies, Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce, Rolling Smoke BBQue and Bacon Box.

Drink vendors were Big Grove Brewery and Taproom-Iowa City, Court Avenue Restaurant and Brewing Company, Exile Brewing Co., PRESS Premium Alcohol Seltzer, Backpocket Brewing and Fling Craft Cocktails.

The event was presented by Nationwide. Gold Medal Sponsors were the Des Moines Register and Sammons Financial Group Member Companies. Grand Champion Sponsors were Doll Distributing-Des Moines, Kum & Go, Meredith Corp. and Cupertino Electric Inc. Blue Ribbon Sponsors were John Deere, Iowa Pork, Affinity Credit Union, Bank of the West, UICCU, EquiTrust Life Insurance Co. and Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Reserve Champion Sponsor included Blackbird Investments, Charles Schwab, Affiliates Management Co., UnityPoint Health, Simonson and Associates Architects, Strategic America, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Co., Ryan Companies U.S. Inc., Iowa Clinic, Kemin, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and Toms Auto Sales. Smokehouse Sponsors were Davis Brown Law Firm, Tom and Karen Polking, Paul and Claudia Schickler, Paramount Lodging Advisors and Hummel’s Nissan.

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