tp_challenge_2016_1200x1200Did you know that among the most needed items for food banks are personal care items like toilet paper, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes?

 Monkeytown has issued a “1,000 ROLL CHALLENGE” to the Vinton community as part of their Care Now community betterment initiative: “Bring us rolls of bath tissue, and we’ll match your donation, roll for roll up to 500 rolls and donate them to the Benton County Food Pantry! That’s 1,000 ROLLS of bath tissue going to our own area food bank by the end of December.”

They’ve issued the same challenge to the business customers they serve throughout eastern Iowa and hope to bring in another 1,000 ROLLS besides what is collected in Vinton to distribute between the three regional distribution centers in their delivery area: Mid-Iowa Community Action, HACAP, and Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Anyone who would like to participate, should drop a donation of bath tissue, any brand purchased from your preference of store, to the Monkeytown office located at 305 1st Ave, Vinton prior to December 30. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm and Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.

Monkeytown’s Care Now initiative was created as a way to end food insecurities in our area and support local food pantries. “With as many as one out of every six Iowa kids having limited access to safe and nutritious foods it was important to get involved,” says Kurt Karr, Monkeytown’s Top Banana.  The program includes a variety of activities including in-kind contributions of food and personal care items. Any funds received from those efforts are donated entirely to area food banks.

The Care Now program works by using Monkeytown’s local distribution system in “reverse”. The goal is for the Monkeytown trucks to return to Vinton with donated items from customers. They then donate transportation of those donations to the regional food pantries and add their own donation along the way. Monkeytown is proud to have provided transportation to Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District’s student led Operation Backpack program the last four years by bringing food supplies in from the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program’s Food Reservoir located in Cedar Rapids.

Monkeytown has been serving Vinton and over 80 surrounding communities by supplying office products, custom print and promotional products for more than 20 years. To learn more, visit