PHOTO: After collecting canned goods on Sunday, July 21, at the Great Jones County Fair, organizers are proud to announce they took in 4,327 pounds of food. The food will now to be distributed among the food pantries throughout Jones County. The 4-H and GJCF volunteers and employees include, from left, Stacey Tjaden, Kim Miller, Monica Gray, Kiana Secrist, Judy Huntsberger, Joe Yedlik, John Harms and Josie McQuillen. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
4,327 pounds. That’s how much food the Great Jones County Fair collected in just one day.
During the last day of the fair this year, Sunday, July 21, admission was just $5 at the gate with a canned food item. The GJCF joined the “Dream Big in 2013″ initiative, part of the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE). The motto: “Food from fairs will feed the hungry.”
With the addition of the 4,327 pounds from Jones County, the program has collected a total of 242,911 pounds of food from participating entities. The 2013 food drive goal is 20 million pounds of food.
“This is a huge global initiative,” commented Jones County Fair Manager John Harms. “It’s neat to be a part of it.”
Spearheaded by Marlene Pearson Jolliffe, who is chair of the IAFE Board of Directors, the food drive includes all IAFE members, including the Great Jones County Fair.
The initiative states that all IAFE members “make a huge and positive impact upon their communities every year.” This is one way they can all come together for a common goal, a universal service project. IAFE is encouraging every fair to do a food drive this year.
With all of the food collected at the GJCF, it will now be distributed among the food banks in Jones County.
To follow IAFE’s Dream Big goal, visit www.fairsandexpos.com.