Food Pantry Delivery at Decorah Community Food Pantry: Jack Boehm, food pantry volunteer; Christy and Kevin Bouska; Lynch Family Foundation; Jeff Tomlinson, food pantry volunteer; Katrina Allen-Brickley, Decorah Bank & Trust Co. (Submitted photo)
Food Pantry Delivery at Decorah Community Food Pantry: Jack Boehm, food pantry volunteer; Christy and Kevin Bouska; Lynch Family Foundation; Jeff Tomlinson, food pantry volunteer; Katrina Allen-Brickley, Decorah Bank & Trust Co. (Submitted photo)
In October, Decorah Bank & Trust, in partnership with Lynch Family Foundation, announced a pledge challenge to help stock the Winneshiek County Food Pantries.
The Bank would match the community’s donations up to $2,500, and Lynch Family Foundation would match up to $2,500 in pork. The Bank, at a recent fundraising event, purchased a giant piggy bank crafted from a used Templeton Rye whiskey barrel. The Bank decided to run a “feed the piggy” campaign using their new friend, now called “Templeton.”
The first few weeks Templeton was accepting gifts, a few financial contributions were dropped inside him. Later in the campaign, one contributor stood out: A teller noticed a young woman dropped all of the proceeds from her entire paycheck in the piggy bank.
Customers and community members came together to meet the pledge challenge, reaching the $2,500 goal by early November. In total, customers, community and Decorah Bank contributed $6,006 in monetary donations. The Bank contributed $2,500 and customers and community members contributed $3,506.
As for Templeton? The giant piggy bank is taking a break in the “back 40.” Perhaps he will be involved in more projects like this in the future.