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Posted August 22, 2012 in Community Featured, Boone

Pavillon Jam Food Drive is August 25-26
Pavilion Jam Food Drive is two days of music and fun to help raise food and money for the local food pantry in Boone’s Red Rock Community Action Center. The musicians who play generously donate their time, talents and expenses. This year’s show is Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26. It starts around 11 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday at the Herman Park Pavilion located at Woodland Avenue and South Greene Street in Boone. This is a family event, having lots of room for fun, dancing and even a playground right next to the pavilion. Food will also be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the food pantry as well.

This musical show is free to the public. A donation of nonperishable food items or money for the Red Rock if possible to support our cause. is requested.

T-shirts will also be available for $15, and past year’s shirts are available at a reduced price.

For donations or more information, please call 515-432-8503 and leave a message.

Book Signing at The Booke Shoppe Sept. 8
On Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and again from 3 – 5 p.m. Chuck Hackenmiller will be signing his new book “Follow the Cow Path Home” at The Book Shoppe, 817 Story St. Hackenmiller worked at the Boone News Republican for many years.

America’s Farms Food Drive is Aug. 28 – 30
Nearly 15 percent of rural households in America face food insecurity, which amounts to an estimated 3 million families, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Families in these communities are often busy helping to feed the world but do not have access to enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. But thanks to the upcoming America’s Farmers Food Drive, rural households across the state of Iowa will soon see food on their table.

The fourth annual America’s Farmers Food Drive, sponsored by Monsanto in conjunction with Farm Progress and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, will take place at the Farm Progress Show Aug. 28 – 30 in Boone. The first 250 attendees who donate a bag of food at the Farm Progress Show entrance will be given free entry upon arrival.

“The food that is collected will stay local and benefit the communities of those who donated,” said Linda Arnold, Monsanto customer advocacy lead. “Through the America’s Farmers Food Drive, we strive to raise awareness of rural hunger. We hope to surpass 10,000 pounds, which was raised at last year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.”

All FFA chapters and 4-H clubs in Iowa are invited to participate in the America’s Farmers Food Drive. Students who donate food will receive free entry to the Farm Progress Show, and the top three FFA chapters and top three 4-H clubs that donate the highest amount of food, in pounds will be awarded $250 directly to their organization. Additionally, for every pound of food collected, Monsanto will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to United Way of Story County, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Feeding America.

“America’s farmers are already leaders in trying to create a more food secure world,” said Howard G. Buffett, HGBF president. “But we must always remember that 50 million Americans struggle to keep food on the table every day; the America’s Farmers Food Drive is an opportunity for farmers to do what they do best: help feed our families, friends and neighbors.”

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