MaC 94.7FM and AM 1390 KCLN are proud to announce their 20th Annual Freezin’ For Food Food Drive to benefit food pantries in the Clinton Region. The food drive will once again take place at Clinton’s Hy-Vee beginning Monday, December 2nd. Radio Station General Manager, Chris Streets, will spend the bulk of his week in the box of a Frary Lumber Company truck collecting canned goods, non-perishables, coats, and cash. Streets will climb into the truck at 6 a.m. each day and be on location until 6 p.m. In the past, Streets lived in the truck 24 hours a day for an entire week collecting items. But due to health and safety concerns, the stations abbreviated the drive to 12-hour days.
Streets originated the food drive in November of 2000 at Hyvee. His idea was to live in the elements and spotlight hunger as well as homelessness.
Since the first “Freezin’ For Food”, in 2000, the program has collected an estimated 500,000 lbs of food and goods as well as thousands of dollars in cash that go to local pantries. Pantries that have been helped by the promotion include: The Benevolent Society, The Salvation Army, the pantry at the Church of the Open Door, Fulton Food Pantry and the Camanche Food Pantry. The stations will concentrate their efforts on those pantries this year as well.
Local business sponsors have been a key part of the success. Ashford University has been a strong sponsor of the event for more than a decade and continues to supply the drive with food, diapers, toiletries, and cash every year through employee support and friendly in house competitions.
More than 20 businesses will again support MaC and KCLN’s efforts in 2019. Some of the businesses have been part of the food drive since year one. Businesses helping this year include: Don’s Jewelry, Nelson Corp Wealth Management, Windmill Realty, Community State Bank, Prairie Hills Senior Living, Darsidan Accounting and Tax, Custom Pak, Downtown Auto Clinic, 1st Gateway Credit Union, Sweetheart Bakery and Homer’s Deli, Beckwith Roofing, Community Health Care, Dependable Drain and Plumbing, Riverfront Antiques, Symphony of Lights, Wide River Winery, DeJa Vu Furniture and Accessories, State Farm Agent Dave Butcher, Frary Lumber, and Clinton Happy Joe’s.
The stations and their parent company, Gendreau Broadcasting LLC, would like to thank their sponsors and more importantly, thank the community for their continued support of “Freezin’ For Food”!
The 20th Annual “Freezin’ For Food” will also be part of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Clinton on Saturday, December 7th near the Sawmill Museum. The train is scheduled to pull in at 6:40 p.m. The staff of MaC 94.7FM and AM 1390 KCLN will help the Lyons Business Professionals and the Clinton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau with the collection of donations.