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.
From April 1st through September 6th, Hy-Vee, The Fresh Market, and all Bloomington/Normal Jewel-Osco locations will display large Drop Site bins in their respective stores to collect non-perishable food item donations. Shoppers and donors will be encouraged to support this community cause by filling these bins regularly. Other Drop Site locations where non-perishable food items can be delivered include Midwest Food Bank, Radio Bloomington, Denny's Doughnuts & Bakery, and Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home. During this time, McLean County public/private schools and churches/religious institutions and their students, congregants, teachers, leaders, administrators, and family members will partner together and participate in the Calvert Cares Community Food Drive "Food Fight". This fun and competitive event will award the educational participant and the religious participant (that donates the most non-perishable food items based on total weight) with cash and food prizes.
From July 4th through September 6th, McLean County Senior Expo sponsors and vendors will begin distributing Calvert Cares Community Food Drive "Care Cards" to individuals who visit these local offices, establishments, and businesses. When accompanied with a non-perishable food item(s) and brought to the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home McLean County Senior Expo at Bloomington's Interstate Center on Wednesday, September 6th between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, each person who presents a "Care Card" and non-perishable food item(s) will receive one Denny's Doughnuts & Bakery free doughnut coupon and one entry into the Calvert Cares Community Food Drive cash prize drawing. The McLean County Senior Expo will also feature a bulk food curbside drop-off site underneath the Expo A Pavilion during the aforementioned hours to accommodate large, non-perishable food item donations.
For questions about the Calvert Cares Community Food Drive and any of its partnership programs, please call Chad Sparks at 309-827-7577.