Marketlink donates 265 pounds of food to UDMO

Monday, October 1, 2012

Marketlink Storm Lake employees showed their dedication to fighting hunger in Buena Vista County through a generous Upper Des Moines Opportunity (UDMO) food drive last week.

With the teleservices company celebrating 20 years of business, CEO Kourtney Keough intiated food drives at each calling center location.

Marketlink employs over 700 in Storm Lake, Des Moines, Indianola, Carroll and Fairmont, Minn.

"We're celebrating by giving back to the community in some way," said Larry Schultz, Storm Lake Marketlink center manager.

Each center participated in a contest, but Storm Lake came in first place, collecting 265 pounds of food and personal care items designated for UDMO's community food pantry.

"We've done drives before, but I attribute our success to designating days for specific donations, such as peanut butter or canned meats," Schultz explained, noting the event was coordinated by Stephanie Ung, Storm Lake Marketlink recruitment manager.

As a non-profit community action agency, UDMO does not receive grants or federal assistance for stocking its local food pantry.

"We rely on Marketlink, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, churches and other local organizations---without them, the program would not exist," said Joan Spooner, UDMO Storm Lake director. "If not for groups like Marketlink, people would go hungry."

Last month, UDMO Storm Lake distributed 2,000 units of food to needy families and elderly residents across the county.