Bank of Sun Prairie: Challenges schools to feed the community

February 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Deb Krebs, Marketing Manager, 608-837-4511

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. – Bank of Sun Prairie wants to fill the shelves at the local food pantry. The annual Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry School Challenge, sponsored by Bank of Sun Prairie, will do just that.

Sun Prairie’s eight elementary schools will compete to collect as much food as they can for the area’s pantry. This year’s challenge will take place from March 3rd – 21st, and Bank of Sun Prairie will again offer $2,500 in monetary prizes to the four schools that collect the most pounds of food.

“Seeing how these children jump at the chance to help others in their community is inspiring,” said Tom Tubbs, Chairman of the Board at Bank of Sun Prairie. “This type of generosity is what makes the Sun Prairie community such a welcoming place to live and Bank of Sun Prairie is happy to award these hardworking students for their kindness.”

Last year, Sun Prairie elementary students collected over 68,000 pounds of food. Bank of Sun Prairie awarded Horizon Elementary School $1,000 for collecting the most food. Sacred Heart Elementary, Northside Elementary and Creekside Elementary came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively, and were also awarded cash prizes from Bank of Sun Prairie.

“Our slogan at the food pantry is ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors,’ and these students are embodying that to the fullest,” said Mark Thompson, President of the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry. “The success of the School Challenge over the years shows that our community members are truly dedicated to taking care of each other in our area.”

In its 7th year, the School Challenge has collected over 300,000 pounds of food for the Pantry, which sees thousands of people through its doors each year. The 2013 donations equated to over 21,000 meals for Sun Prairie residents.

Winners of the 18-day challenge will be contacted the week of April 1st. The number of children on free and reduced lunch at each school will be factored in to the recorded totals. Questions about the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry School Challenge can be answered by calling Mark Thompson at 608-513-1044 or Michelle Perko at 608-239-0359.

About Bank of Sun Prairie

Bank of Sun Prairie is a locally owned community bank with over 100 years of service to their customers and communities. Bank of Sun Prairie is a full-service institution with four branches; 228 East Main Street, 550 Broadway Drive, 119 Wilburn Road in Sun Prairie, and 419 West Cottage Grove Road in Cottage Grove. Member FDIC.