The food pantry at the Fellowship Cup in Mount Pleasant received a big donation of a much-need supply recently from the faculty and staff at Iowa Wesleyan College.
College personnel took part in the Great Peanut Butter Challenge, working in teams to gather donations of jars of peanut butter. According to Melissa Bracht-Wagner of the Fellowship Cup, peanut butter is one of the most sought-after items in the food pantry and one of the hardest to get.
In one month, IWC staffers collected 817 jars of peanut butter.
The winning team included the offices of Extended Learning, Mail room, Marketing and Communications, Registrar and assistant basketball coaches. All offices are located on the main and lower levels of the P.E.O. Administration Building. The team collected 282 jars.
The Mount Pleasant Hy-Vee store contributed to the effort, donating a jar of peanut butter for each 3-pointer made by the Tiger basketball teams at home that month. In addition, a table for collecting donations was set up in front of the store on a November Saturday morning.
The Challenge was the first activity of the newly-formed service team for faculty and staff. Other service efforts are being planned.
“Service is built into our curriculum and truly defines the education we offer students,” said Martha Potts-Bell, director of marketing and communication at Iowa Wesleyan. “We want to demonstrate that our commitment to helping others comes from those of us who work here, too. It is part of our institutional identity.”