Ascentra, TMBC holiday food drive to serve ‘food desert’

Ascentra

Ascentra Credit Union is partnering with TMBC at the Lincoln Center to host a Nov. 1-15 community food drive and a food collection event on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to serve community members who live near the resource center.

“TMBC stands for ‘Together Making a Better Community’,“ said Tracy Singleton, executive director of TMBC. “Since the neighborhood surrounding our building is technically in a ‘food desert’ or an area of town where groceries aren’t readily available within walking distance, we wanted to make the upcoming holiday more special by providing them with the groceries needed to make a Thanksgiving meal.”

TMBC at the Lincoln Center is the only program in the Quad Cities region that is Black-owned, Black-led and focused on empowering the Black youth, Black families, and Black communities in our area. It is a resource center aimed at incubating Black-owned businesses who serve all people regardless of race, religion, age, or disability.

“Ascentra is a friend of the center’s so we’ve partnered with them to raise awareness, collect food and distribute the boxes before the holiday,” Ms. Singleton said.

The community food drive runs through Nov. 15. 

Drop off spots for food items are at these Ascentra locations:

  • 2339 53rd Ave., Bettendorf.
  • 2019 Grant St., Bettendorf.
  • 1515 W. 53rd St., Davenport.
  • 1800 Brady St., Davenport.
  • 1710 W. 3rd St. Davenport.

In addition, the credit union will host a Food Collection Event on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at its home office from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at 2019 Grant St. in downtown Bettendorf. Donors can drive up and drop off their donations without exiting their vehicle.

The items needed are for a Thanksgiving food box distribution. Ascentra is providing ham or turkey, milk, butter and bread rolls for each food box. The additional items needed are: canned or boxed items including green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, stuffing mix, cake mix and frosting, canned cranberry sauce, cornbread mix, mac & cheese and instant mashed potatoes.

Once all the donations are collected, they will be boxed and distributed to families in need by the Lincoln Center in Davenport on Nov. 18.

TMBC at the Lincoln Center was founded in 2016 by community leaders at Third Missionary Baptist Church. Learn more about TMBC at the Lincoln Center here.                                                 

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa’s premier credit union with more than $528 million in assets and nine branches in Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Illinois.  Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at ascentra.org.  Follow Ascentra on Facebook, Twitter @ascentra, Instagram @ascentracu, and YouTube.

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