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Fayette Food Shelf Rebuilding

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Its been nearly eight months since a New Year's Eve fire destroyed an invaluable resource for folks in Fayette County, the Fayette County Food Shelf. 

On Thursday, a local camp from Strawberry Point, Camp EWALU, surprised workers at the Food Shelf with a donation campers had been working to accumulate all summer.  The campers from third grade to seniors in high school raised money by having counselors shave their heads or do crazy stunts and, it worked. They presented the Food Shelf with a check for $7,511.79.  
“It was one heck of a surprise!”  Karen Martin, the manager of the Fayette County Food Shelf said. She said she didn’t expect to see such a large donation.

The camp has given in the past, but to global causes.

“This year we wanted to do something local, something tangible," Aaron Jonasen the Program Director for EWALU said.
Since the fire, the Food Shelf has combined its thrift store and its food bank, making for tight quarters. The goal has always been to rebuild the old Food Shelf.  

"It's kind of like being a big family. You do what you do to make it work," Martin said.

After Thursday’s donation, Martin said they needed another $33,000 by October 4th to finish rebuilding the Food Shelf which is next door to the thrift store. She said the community has donated about $154,000 in supplies, time and money to help the food shelf get back on its feet. If they receive the $33,000 by opening day (Oct 4th), they won’t have to take out a loan for the Food Shelf.
Seeing the building come back is clearly a source of pride for Martin. She said going to work every day is wonderful because she is helping people.
“It’s kind of like at Christmas where you give a gift to somebody that’s not expecting it. I get that feeling every day that I’m in here,” Martin said.
If you’re interested in donating to the Food Shelf, checks can be sent to:
Fayette County Food Shelf
PO BOX 711
Fayette, IA 52142

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