Who We Serve
Families and individuals from all over Jackson County come to the Maquoketa Community Cupboard to select from available food what they will need to feed themselves and their families. Many recipients are elderly people trying to survive on social security and perhaps a small pension. Others are handicapped in some way or are children living in families where both parents or a single parent work several part-time jobs to keep food on the table. On average, we serve 135 families (374 individuals) weekly, and 540 families (1,496 individuals) monthly. The cost of this service is about $2.60 per person per week. Every year, the Cupboard spends about $50,000 to purchase food items and needed supplies. Much of our food comes from St. Stephen’s Food Bank in Dubuque and is purchased at a fraction of its retail value (18 cents per pound or less) or is donated from the various Maquoketa food stores. Some food supplies are purchased weekly at wholesale prices.
A New Space for the Cupboard
The Community Cupboard began in 1979 in the United Methodist Church, operating out of the church basement. In 2012, the Cupboard was offered space at the D.A.C. building on W. Platt Street. In both of these locations the Cupboard has carried on its ministry without having to pay rent or utilities. This has meant that almost every dollar given in contributions has gone for the purchase of much-needed food. The Maquoketa Community Cupboard is committed to serving the hungry in our local area, and assisting neighboring food pantries that also serve the population of the greater Jackson County region. Recently, the D.A.C. building sold to a new owner. Unfortunately, this means that even if the Cupboard might be able to lease space in its current location, it would have to pay rent and utilities, which would significantly increase operational costs. Leasing rental space was considered, but the costs were high. The decision was made that we could serve our community better in the long term by purchasing versus renting. It is for this reason that the Cupboard’s Board decided to purchase the former Movies America building on W. Platt St. for the very fair price of $125,000. This 4,000-square-foot building more than meets the Cupboard’s space needs and requires updates and improvements to make it fully useful. In addition, by establishing an endowment fund of $135,000, the Cupboard would have a sustainable source of annual funding that would cover utilities and other maintenance costs.
The Goal $290,000
Building purchase: $125,000
Needed renovations & updates: $30,000
Fully funded endowment: $135,000
On February 15, 2018, the Cupboard launched a formal campaign to raise these funds in one to three year pledges. With your support, the Cupboard hopes to move into its new location by June 30,2018. A bridge loan has been secured to pay purchase price & upfront costs until outstanding pledges are paid in full. Initial improvements planned include: electrical upgrades, replacement of AC and furnace, replacement of floor covering, and pavement for additional parking spaces.
The Community Foundation of Jackson
County, an affiliate of the Community
Foundation of Greater Dubuque, will handle
administration of this campaign.
Gifts to the Cupboard’s Capital Fund and/or
Endowment Campaign will be recognized in
the newspaper, mailings, social media and on
a large plaque displayed in the interior of the
Your gifts to the Cupboard’s Capital Fund and/ or Endowment Campaign will be recognized in the newspaper, mailings, social media and on a large plaque that will be displayed in the new building. Donor levels • Diamond Level: $15,000 and above • Platinum Level: $10,0000-$14,999 • Gold Level: $5,000-$9,999 • Silver Level: $2,000-$4,999 Gifts of $50 or more to the endowment fund are eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit.
Visit www.dbqfoundation.org/ EndowIowa to learn more. Gifts may be made for the current year, or payable over a three-year commitment.
Pastor Neil Harrison e: email@example.com p: 563.652.6777
For more information or to make a donation to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, contact Mary Jo Gothard at 563.588.2700.