St. Stephen’s Food Bank Replaces Refrigerated Truck at Runde Chevrolet

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St. Stephen’s Food Bank will have an easier time distributing food after getting a new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 refrigerated cube truck from salesperson Jacob Puls at Runde Chevrolet today!

The vehicle is replacing their 2002 box truck that had a failing refrigeration unit.

“The parts for it aren’t made anymore, so every time something happened, they had to find used parts,” said Kathy Hutton, executive director of St. Stephen’s Food Bank. “Last time, it took 12 weeks.”

Resized952018042395144842(0)Twelve weeks is too long to wait when the truck has important work to do. The truck helps the nonprofit pick up food donations that they distribute to over 100 partner agencies.

St. Stephen’s Food Bank distributed 1.8 million pounds of food in 2017 — up 20 percent from the previous year.

“That poundage needs to be doubled to sustain everyone’s life in the hunger category in Dubuque County,” Kathy said.

They also participate in the state-wide Backpack Program, providing backpacks filled with food for weekend and holiday vacations to children who participate in free and reduced lunch programs. There are more than 400 backpacks distributed each week in Dubuque County, Jackson County, and East Dubuque.

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St. Stephen’s Food Bank was established in 1982 in the back of the Dubuque Rescue Mission. In 2006, it moved to its current location, a 6,000-square-foot warehouse on Cedar Crest Ridge in Dubuque.

Want to help out? You can donate on the St. Stephen’s Food Bank website to help provide food for tri-state residents. Donate Here.

“We can take $1 and make five meals from that dollar through our partnership with Feeding America,” Kathy said.

To learn more about the St. Stephens Food Bank, visit www.ststephensfoodbank.org

It’s a Perfect Day to Buy a New Truck from Runde Auto Group

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Deb and Steve Binger, of Black Earth, WI, were excited for the drive home today in a brand new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Dbl Cab!

They bought the vehicle from salesperson Tim Loso at Runde Chevrolet.

“We are excited,” Deb said. “Steve kept waiting to pick it up until the snow was gone. He said ‘I’m not driving my new truck in the salt!'”

They are replacing their 1997 Chevy Silverado that has 234,000 miles on it — but they don’t plan on getting rid of their trusted old Chevy truck any time soon.

The retired couple will use the vehicle as a daily driver and also for trips to their cabin up north. Steve plans to put a topper on the truck so he can fill up the bed.

While they shopped around, they returned to Runde Auto Group because of the customer service they received.

“Tim was great,” Deb said. “He was upfront with us,” Steve added.

Congrats, Deb and Steve!

A Dose of Freedom: Run4Troops Celebrates 10 Years of Supporting Local Military — Past, Present, and Future

Runde Auto Group is proud to once again be a major sponsor of Run4Troops!

This point-to-point, chip-timed Boston qualifying race runs from Dyersville to Dubuque on the scenic Heritage Trail. Proceeds from Run4Troops, set for June 23, 2018, directly support tri-state military, past, present, and future.

Run4Troops 10 yrsThis year is the 10th anniversary of the event!

“This year is number 10, so there is a lot to celebrate,” said race director Connie Hodge. “Our mission is stronger than ever – We support our local military – past, present, & future.”

Over the years, they have raised over $125,000 to help military families. More than 5,000 runners have participated in the event from 44 states and nine countries!

Proceeds are donated to organizations including the Veteran’s Freedom Center, University of Dubuque ROTC, National Guard, University of Dubuque Veterans Center, American Red Cross Readiness Unit, and more.
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New this year is a beer garden at the finish for participants and spectators 21 years and older.

“We will also have an after party and band, Zac Matthews from Wisconsin, at the Q Casino from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday night,” Connie said.

You can participate as an individual marathoner or as a relay team. Relay teams can be 2 to 12 members in male, female, and co-ed categories.

There are six legs to the race: 6.6 miles, 4.4 miles, 3.6 miles, 4.5 miles, 3.4 miles, and 3.7 miles. Here is the course map. The course’s crushed limestone surface is easy on the knees, and its gently sloping course with plenty of shade and gorgeous views is sure to give you a PR! It is run rain or shine.

runner-with-flagReady to register? The cost for an individual marathoner is $65 before May 1/then $75 to June 1/then $85 until Race
Day/$100 on Race Day. For a relay team, the cost is $35/team member before May 1/$40 until Race Day/$45 on Race Day.

The race cap is 100 Relay Teams, so register early! They are on pace to fill up relay teams this month!

Not interested in running, but want to help out? There are opportunities for volunteers to help with:

  • Handing out food and water to participants at transition areas
  • Staffing crossroads to keep runners safe
  • Collecting timer chips and handing out medals at the finish line
    Sign up to volunteer here.

For more information, visit http://www.run4troops.com/.

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