Calvert Cares Community Food Drive

Calvert Cares Community Food Drive Comes to McLean County

In 1929 in the small, rural town of Clinton, Illinois, the Calvert name became forever linked with quality, compassionate funeral service and community commitment in the funeral industry. Almost 75 years later, this family-owned company expanded its "family-first" service to Bloomington, Illinois, where their priority of family and community became even more apparent. Similarly, in 1974, Denny Marquardt established Denny's Doughnuts and Bakery, a family-owned, community driven business that satisfied the sweet tooth of all Bloomington-Normal residents. Additionally, Midwest Food Bank, a faith-based, non-denominational nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization made history in 2003 when the Kieser family began providing food to ten McLean County food pantries out of a barn on their family farm. Lastly, in 1934, WJBC made history by becoming the first radio station to transmit from Bloomington-Normal. Years later, additional stations were added, and today Radio Bloomington and its five stations broadcast to and serve their communities daily, standing by their slogan, "where the people make the difference". Individually, these four historic entities not only serve but also strive to shape their communities, and that continual commitment prompted a question, "What could these four entities accomplish collectively, especially with the needs facing their communities today?" That question was answered when Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home and the Midwest Food Bank, along with Radio Bloomington and Denny's Doughnuts and Bakery, joined forces to present the Calvert Cares Community Food Drive, an event to benefit all McLean County food pantries.

Calvert Cares Food DriveThis memorable event culminated at the 10th Annual Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home McLean County Senior Expo , where senior adults, vendors and visitors of all ages lined up to give their donation(s) to the many McLean County entities. For five hours, Expo volunteers dedicated their time to collecting the large assortment of non-perishable food items and passing out Denny's Doughnuts and Bakery free doughnut cards to every donor. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home would like to thank the many sponsors, benefactors, and helpers who gave so generously to a new and unique cause. The Calvert Cares Community Food Drive will continue to meet the needs of our local needy and hungry, and it will only be possible through the many community partners who have extended their hands of help and have proclaimed, "We Care!"

For questions about the Calvert Cares Community Food Drive and any of its partnership programs, please call Chad Sparks at 309-827-7577.

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