Salvation Army Officer Greg Bock’s recollection of getting the Pandemic Pantry, the most recent food drive together all started with some empty shelves and Tan Tara Transportation Corp’s General Manager, Dave Riggan. Riggan had stopped by The Salvation Army to check in and saw that the stocks were dwindling from the last drive, Freezing For Food, back in December.
The food bags were depleting rapidly. Riggan told Bock that he was going to get a food drive going for The Salvation Army with the help of Kriegers Of Muscatine. Soon, Blain’s Farm and Fleet, Fareway , and Hy-Vee were onboard to help. Hear Bock recall that conversation with Riggan here:
It was the the beginning of what would be called the Pandemic Pantry food drive; a group effort that brings businesses together with one mission- to feed Muscatine County. The Hawk Hauler, a large semi that can hold hundreds of thousands of groceries, can be found at Fareway Meat and Groceries at 2100 Cedar Plaza Drive here in Muscatine today until 7PM. It will move to Hy-Vee at 2400 2nd Avenue tomorrow and will remain there through Thursday. The Hauler will then move to Blain’s Farm and Fleet on Friday and remain throughout the weekend.
Pre-made bags of food items have been prepared at all locations and can be taken to the hauler for anyone who would like to remain socially distant. If you’d like to purchase single items for the food drive, here are the items the Pantry is currently seeking:
Canned meat (such as chicken or tuna,) Canned vegetables, boxed meals (like Hamburger Helper,) pasta noodles of all kinds, rice, beans, pasta sauce, soups, macaroni and cheese, pancake mix, dry cereals (Cheerios and Cornflakes,) peanut butter, canned fruit, packaged fruit, granola bars and protein bars.
For more information, you can go to the Pandemic Pantry Facebook Event by clicking the link below: