Thanks to the help and generosity of the eastern Iowa public, The Heritage Area Agency on Aging, along with corporate sponsors, were able to raise enough money to distribute more than 20,900 additional nutritious meals to those seniors most frail and at-risk in the region.

Heritage raised over $104,500 during the “Fill the Plate” fundraising effort held on December 8th and 9th, 2013. “This money is going directly towards feeding seniors in our region,” said Tim Getty, Heritage’s Nutrition and Healthy Living program coordinator. “The support from the community for ‘Feed the Plate’ was unparalleled. We’ve never had a donation drive come close to this type of success.”

In addition to the live telethon, local Fareway grocery stores and the Subaru “Share the Love” campaign, hosted a “Fill the Plate” food drive on Saturday, Dec. 7. Monetary and food donations amounted to over $15,000.

The “Fill the Plate” telethon will be rebroadcast on Saturday, December 28th, 2013 from 12:00p-4:00p on KCRG 9.2 (Mediacom 109, Imon 709).

There is still a shortage of funds for more than 28,000 meals for this year and donations continue to be accepted to reduce this number even further. Those interested can visit or call 1-800-332-3934.

“This is a great beginning to secure the funds to help reduce the amount meals that would have to be eliminated due to the funding shortfall, but we need to continue looking to the community for support,” added Getty.

The Heritage Agency, a department of Kirkwood Community College since 1971, works to plan, fund and advocate for older adults, their families and caregivers in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties. For more information, call 319-398-5559 or visit

“Fill the Plate” telethon will be rebroadcast on Saturday, December 28th, 2013 from 12:00p-4:00p on KCRG 9.2

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Awesome job Dawn !!!
By: Darrell & Becky Williams on December 30th 12:10pm
Does any of the money raised by "Fill the Plate" stay in Vinton? Thanks for your help!
By: Linda Lough on December 30th 4:15pm

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