394.5 Pounds of Food Donated Through Midwest Pharmacy Expo & College Phood Phight
Pharm-to-Tables organized coinciding food drives that resulted in 394.5 pounds of nonperishable food donations plus $1,200 for two local Iowa food banks.
IPA's president, Cheryl Clarke & exec. fellow, Matt Pitlick deliver food donations to the Food Bank of Iowa.
Pharm-to-Tables, whose mission is to unite pharmacy professionals to end the hunger crisis and improve health in their local communities, organized coinciding food drives that resulted in 394.5 pounds of nonperishable food donations plus $1,200 for two local Iowa food banks.
The Midwest Pharmacy Expo, which took place on Feb. 8-10 in Des Moines, hosted a food drive and encouraged donations from attendees by raffling off prizes including gift cards and free meeting registration. Attendees responded generously by donating 272 pounds of food and $100 during the event.
In the week leading up to the Midwest Pharmacy Expo, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences engaged in a friendly “Phood Phight.” With statewide bragging rights on the line, the colleges competed against each other by earning a point for each pound of food or dollar collected.
Drake student pharmacists claimed victory with 55 pounds of food and $592 donated for a total score of 647. University of Iowa student pharmacists still had plenty to brag about with 67.5 pounds of food and $480 collected for a score of 547.5.
Donations from Expo attendees and Drake's student pharmacists were delivered to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines and donations from the University of Iowa's student pharmacists were delivered to the Johnson County Crisis Center in Iowa City.