The Iowa City Police Department and local Bruegger’s Bagels stores have teamed up on a food collection drive to benefit the Crisis Center food bank.

“A lot of people need a little extra help this time of year,” said Henri Harper, the Police Department’s Community Outreach Assistant. “Between the holidays and heating their homes, budgets are stretched about as far as they can go. We want to help the Crisis Center fill its shelves to make sure people don’t go hungry.”

Participating donors won’t go hungry, either. People who donate canned goods between now and Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 will receive a coupon for a free bagel and cream cheese. Donations should be dropped off at either Bruegger’s Bagels location: 245 Iowa Avenue or 708 S. Riverside Drive. Both stores are open until 7 p.m.

The Crisis Center distributes 106,000 pounds of food each month to help alleviate hunger in Johnson County. Some of their most-needed donations include peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit, canned fish and meats, 100% fruit juice, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, hearty soups and stews, baby formula, and baby food.

For more information, contact Henri Harper at 319-356-5275.

Date of publication

Wednesday, December 14, 2016