Perry Food Pantry reaps Cram the Cab generosity Tuesday

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Janet Hick, center, Dallas County Farm Bureau office manager, delivered a shopping cart heaped with food and a check for $152.80 Perry Food Pantry board member Lou Hoger, left, and Esmerelda Banales, director of the Perry Food Pantry, which operates out of the New Opportunities Dallas County Family Development Center in Crossroads Church in Perry.

The Perry Food Pantry received its share Tuesday of the proceeds from last month’s Cram the Cab Campaign, which saw the Dallas County Farm Bureau and Perry Fareway team up to collect hundreds of donated food items and raise $1,069.62 in rounded-up cash from Fareway customers.

Janet Hick, Dallas County Farm Bureau office manager, delivered a shopping cart heaped with food and a check for $152.80 — a one-seventh share of the total — to Lou Hoger, member of the Perry Food Pantry board of directors, andĀ Esmerelda Banales, director of the Perry Food Pantry, which operates out of the New Opportunities Dallas County Family Development Center in Crossroads Church in Perry.

Hick coordinated the Dallas County Farm Bureau food drive in friendly competition with the Greene County Farm Bureau. She made a similar delivery of cash and food stuffs to each of Dallas County’s seven food pantries.

“The Waukee food pantry serves between 150 and 200 families per month,” Hick said. “Perry averages about 50 families per month and Granger about 30.” She said the event was so successful that county Farm Bureau offices around the state will participate next year.

The Cram the Cab food drive challenged Fareway customers to cram with groceries the cab of a tractor provided by VanWall Equipment.

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