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$16.50 Campaign doubles down on Northeast Iowa Food Bank support in February

Per Waterloo Black Hawks media relations & 1650-102.3 The Fan

Waterloo, Iowa – This weekend, the Waterloo Black Hawks’ John Deere-themed jerseys will be auctioned to benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank after Saturday’s game; fans can also help the Food Bank during the month of February through the $16.50 Campaign, presented by Slumberland Furniture, KCNZ ‘The Fan,’ and the Black Hawks.

Each month during hockey season, a different charity in the Cedar Valley is highlighted as part of Waterloo’s home games and within The Fan’s broadcast day on 1650 AM and 102.3 FM.  Hawks faithful and 1650-102.3 listeners are encouraged to learn more about the cause and consider a donation in the suggested amount of $16.50.  While that modest amount might seem to only have limited impact, the total amount can grow quickly when many people choose to contribute.

“No one should have to make the choice between food and other essentials like prescriptions, medical care, rent, or heat.  Unfortunately, the reality is that we have neighbors who are forced into those types of choices every day,” said Black Hawks President of Business Operations Joe Greene.  “The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is an important part of the safety net for thousands of people.  With our partners at John Deere, Slumberland and The Fan, we are proud to highlight work done by the Food Bank.”

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank serves approximately one-sixth of Iowa’s counties and is part of the Feeding America network.  Like other Feeding America affiliates, NEIFB works with a wide spectrum of partners to identify specific areas of need and create solutions to food insecurity.  An example is the Food Bank’s BackPacks program, which provides chronically hungry children with non-perishable, nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. By working with food production and food retail partners, NEIFB also saves millions of pounds of food which would otherwise be wasted, efficiently diverting those products to food pantries and community organizations throughout its service area.

To make a contribution to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as part of the $16.50 Campaign in February, find more details at waterlooblackhawks.com.

About Slumberland Furniture – Located at 6607 University Avenue in Cedar Falls, Slumberland Furniture provides the Cedar Valley’s finest selection of living room, bedroom, and home décor, chosen for a combination of style, quality, and value.  Slumberland Furniture first opened in the Cedar Valley more than 50 years ago, in 1969, and has been at their current 41,000 square foot location since 2017.  Slumberland has partnered with the Black Hawks on a charitable effort for each of the last 15 seasons.

About 1650 The Fan/Coloff Media – 1650-102.3 The Fan, and its three Cedar Falls-based sister stations are part of Coloff Media, which includes a dozen community stations throughout Iowa.  The Cedar Falls cluster has won five Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, signifying the group’s year-round commitment to community service.  All Black Hawks regular season games, home-and-away, can be heard on 1650, The Fan, during the 2022/23 season.

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Cole Bair

Cole Bair is Program Director and hosts 'Cole & Company' from 5-6pm weekdays on 1650 - 102.3 The Fan. Follow him on Twitter @realcolebair.

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