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Choose to shop local and help feed families

Area businesses work to make a difference in their communities

NORTH LIBERTY– At a time of year when we think about those who are struggling, a group of more than 30 local businesses have joined together to make a difference in their communities. It started when Lucy Hershberger, an owner at Forever Green Garden Center, was looking for a way to raise money and increase awareness about the work the North Liberty Community Pantry does in the area.
Last year, Hershberger invited a few other local establishments to join together to promote local businesses with a fundraising effort. The response was overwhelming. In 2013, In Community raised nearly $10,000. This year, the goal is to raise over $15,000 for food pantries in Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty.
Each business will contribute in its own way, but everyone is working together for the common goal of raising money to support local food pantries. Promotions range from donating a portion of sales to a donation for every Facebook Like received. With businesses including retail stores, restaurants, service companies and many others, there is something for everyone who wants to shop local to support their community.
“This is a great way to show how shopping local makes a difference in our community,” said Hershberger. “Having so many businesses participate in this campaign shows what a great community we have here.”
Local food pantries provide food, clothing, and support to those in the community who need assistance.
For more information on the participating business and their promotions contact Lucy Hershberger by calling 319-626-6770, or email lucyh@forevergreengrows.com. Forevergreen Garden Center is located at 125 Forevergreen Rd., Coralville.
For information on the North liberty Community Pantry, contact Executive Director Tina Dubois at 319-626-2711.

List of participating businesses for 2014:
Alpha Graphics
Anderson & Pram PLC & Hawkeye Title
Blink Vision
Bluebird Diner
Chik Fil A
Clark Orthodontics
Cooley Auto Sales
Dan’s Overhead Doors
Enders Computers
Forever Green
Frog Hollow
Ghurtie’s yogurt
Green Team Technologies
Iowa Gym-nest
Liberty Plaza/ North Liberty CoLab
Linder Tire
Mail Print & More
Performance Fitness
Pizza Plus
Pizza Ranch
Portraits by Jeanna
Robinson Family Wellness
South Slope
We Run
Blend Card
Groovy Katz
Texas Roadhouse