IOWA CITY– When Johnson County Supervisor Pat Harney sat in on a local forum about hunger, he learned about food shortages at local food banks and came up with an idea to beef up support to those in need.
Along with his wife Jean, Harney rounded up the assistance of 20 donors from all over the county to help in a significant way. Harney and company bought a two-year-old heifer raised by Clear Creek Amana graduate Stephanie Fisher. Fisher’s cow was a reserve champion at the county fair; weighing in at 1,045 pounds. It sold for $1,200.
Fisher will use the money for college, and the Johnson County Crisis Center food bank will give the hundreds of pounds of ground beef to families in need.
After purchasing the cow, the meat specialists at Ruzicka’s Meat Locker in Solon took over, providing the processing as an in-kind donation. They ground 487 pounds of beef hamburger out of Fisher’s 4-H project, and then delivered it to the Johnson County Crisis Center for distribution.
Harney said, “It is great that this entire project remained in Johnson County and serves those who need it.”
The donors include: Big Country Seeds, Billion Auto, City Electric, Deery Brothers Ford, Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank, First Trust Bank (Oxford), Four Seasons Car Wash, King’s Materials, Insurance Associates, Midwest One Bank, River Products, Consumer Co-op, Ruzicka’s Meat Processing, Stutsman, Inc., University of Iowa Credit Union, US Bank, Hills Bank, Bob Sentman, and Pat and Jean Harney.