Area residents feel the need.
Local Realtors will fill that need.
Members of the East Central Iowa Association of Realtors are sponsoring Fill the Need, a two-day effort to collect non-perishable food and other items as well as monetary donations.
All donations will be given to local food pantries.
Many Jackson County Realtors belong to the association and are taking part in the charitable event.
Realtors will stand outside at Fareway from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22. During that time, they will hand out bags and a list of needed items requested by Maquoketa Community Cupboard.
Customers are asked to buy those or any items for the Community Cupboard, which serves between 135 and 150 families every Friday.
“We’re trying to get Realtors to give back more in their communities,” said member Fred Droste.
Cash donations will also be accepted. The Community Cupboard can get “more for its money” by using cash donations to purchase needed food items at St. Stephens food bank in Dubuque, according to Pastor Jeff Dadisman, who is a member of the Maquoketa Ministerial Association that oversees the food pantry.
If you are shopping for Community Cupboard keep the following requests in mind:
Pork and beans
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham, Spam)
Chicken noodle soup
Cream soups (chicken or mushroom)
Paper products (plates, napkins silverware, etc.)
Hygiene products (shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
Feminine hygiene products
The Realtors organization donated $1,000 to Maquoketa Community Cupboard’s Feed the Need campaign. That effort is raising funds to help pay for its new building on West Platt Street and set up an endowment fund for perpetual care.
Dadisman said the campaign so far raised about $180,000 of the $290,000 goal. An open house at the new location is tentatively scheduled for this fall.
Similar Realtor food collections will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Bender’s Foods in Bellevue, and Fareway stores in Dyersville and Peosta.