"Miracle Chickens" Won't Be Served In Solon

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Solon food bank will not be distributing a load of chickens lost on the way to the pantry last week.

"We won't be providing those chickens," said Sandy Hanson, who heads the Solon food pantry, run out of the basement of a church.

Monday an anonymous donor, familiar with the story, supplied the food bank with more than 60 brand new chickens.

State food inspectors also visited the pantry Monday morning. News of the "miracle chickens" spread last week after a Good Samaritan found the them lying along Highway 1 in Iowa City. They had fallen out of the back of a pickup truck after being butchered in Kalona.

Jay Proffitt, a local man who helped raise the poultry, called the discovery of the chickens a miracle. Proffitt said he didn't think the roughly 30 chickens would ever be found and feared they would be eaten by coyotes, rather than needy families.

Hanson said everyone's hearts were in the right place, but because the chickens fell on the road, they weren't safe for consumption.

"We have another miracle here, a bunch of new chickens," she said.

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