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Package meals on Opening Day
The Iowa State Fair has held food drives before, but this year marks the first time Fair is holding a meal-packaging event on Opening Day to help fight life-threatening hunger around the world. Volunteers can help by giving an hour of their time at the event or making a monetary donation for supplies for these meals. "It's kind of a twist on our usual food drive," notes Iowa State Fair marketing director Lori Chappell. "Some of those meals stay local, but they also go across the country as well as around the world."
The event, in partnership with Meals from the Heartland, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Food and Family Project and GROWMARK, is part of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions' "Dream Big" food drive by fairs and festivals throughout the world. The overall goal of the initiative is to raise 20 million pounds of food, enough to meet daily food needs of nearly six million people. "Our goal at the Iowa State Fair is to package 250,000 meals," Chappell says. "We're hoping with the help of our fairgoers we'll make that happen and help people around the world."
1,500 volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 8 in the South Hallway of the Varied Industries Building. So far, around 975 have volunteered. For those interested in volunteering, more information is available here. Monetary donations to help purchase supplies for these meals can be made here. The Fair is also holding a local food drive on August 13. Anyone who donates two or more canned food items will receive a $3 discount on regular gate admission from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About the initiative
The IAFE has about 1,100 member fairs around the world, ranging in attendance of a few hundred to millions. Any of these fairs can choose to be part of the drive. "The beauty of it is that each fair is raising food for the hungry in their community," says Marla Calico, director of education at IAFE. "Ultimately, the money and the food raised stays in each fair's community."