EHCF issues challenge

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has issued a challenge to Hamilton County residents to raise money for local food pantries to help fill the shelves. The challenge will run from June 20 to July 20 and funds received will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000 by the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation.

Checks or cash contributions to the food pantry challenge can be sent to: Sarah Miller, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, 501 Bank Street Suite 1, Webster City, Iowa 50595. Checks should be made out to Enhance Hamilton County Foundation with the name of the food pantry to be supported listed in the memo line. If no food pantry is indicated, it will be assigned to one.

Hamilton County has four food pantries. They include Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Webster City which serves Hamilton County, has income eligibility and is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Webster City which serves the county with no eligibility and is open 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday; The Lord’s Cupboard Bethesda Lutheran Church in Jewell which serves the South Hamilton Area, is open Monday at 5:30 pm and has no eligibility; and the Stratford Food Pantry is open once a month on Monday night with no eligibility criteria. All four-food pantries serve an estimated 160 families each month.

One in six Americans struggled with hunger in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For information on the food pantry challenge or on Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, visit their website at