BOONE, Iowa—It was a fun challenge that began in December and just wrapped up. Democrats and Republicans in Boone County had a contest to see which party could generate more items for the local food pantries. They called it Pack the Pantry and it certainly kept Marti Melton Streeter and Greg Piklapp busy. Both were collecting food items and then were getting those items to the local pantries with a goal of donating 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, soap, tooth paste, detergent and more.
The Boone County Democrats jumped out to an early lead through the first two weeks, but the final weigh in this week, Melton-Streeter had over 228 pounds of items to Piklapp’s 103. Overall, 1329 pounds of items were donated to local food pantries and the Boone County Democrats managed to hold a slim 11 pound edge over the Republicans. Earlier in December, Melton-Streeter and Piklapp on KWBG said people also donated cash and some perishable foods that had to be dealt with separately.