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Sweet corn sales benefit Feed’em Soup project

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

For the second year, Ben Drake planted sweet corn at the county corn plots and sold it with the intention of donating the proceeds to a local food charity.

During the months of July, August and September, Drake sold 6,000 ears of sweet corn, provided by Beck’s Seed, and collected $1,500 from his Sycamore farm stand. Drake, a director of the DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers, turned the sales money over to the commodity organization, which then donated it to Feed’em Soup.

Drake presented the check to Feed’em Soup volunteer Noelle Stanbery. Feed’em Soup Community Project offers meals to those in need every Wednesday evening. It also operates a food pantry and clothing closet for its guests.

All meals are cooked with the freshest ingredients and provide well-balanced nutritious meals. Located in downtown DeKalb, Feed’em Soup is open to the public. Meals are provided on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, so that those who can pay for their meal can do so, while those who cannot can eat for free.

Feed’em Soup relies on donations and business sponsors to help achieve its mission.

Stanbery was grateful for the donation from the Corn & Soybean Growers and said the money will be used to buy nutritious food for families in the community.

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