Organization That Helps Feed The Hungry Says Someone Stole Equipment

By Jill Kasparie, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A non-profit called “Feed Iowa First” focuses on giving back to those in need, but on Tuesday it realized someone took a vital piece of equipment.

The “Feed Iowa First” director, Sonia Kendrick, said someone stole a riding tractor and pull-behind tiller from land they were farming. The site is located on 16th Avenue Southwest. They value that at $4,000 worth of equipment.

Kendrick said she immediately reported it to police.

Volunteers with the organization grow vegetables on underutilized land in Cedar Rapids for those who are hungry. Kendrick works every day to help the less fortunate. She cuts, plants and tends to about 25 acres of vegetables across the city that eventually go to area food banks.

“We have 25,880 people in Linn County that go to bed hungry,” Kendrick said.

The farming came to a halt when she noticed the tractor was gone.

“I thought, well I’ve got the keys. It’s way back here. It’s behind a tree and there’s a cross right there,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick worked for six months to raise money for that simple green tractor. It was new this growing season and the one piece of equipment that helped her farm more land to provide more food.

“You know — some people are in need out there, and they do need things. And they steal things because they need them, and I hope that this person that stole it, needed it, but I need it too,” Kendrick said.

The organization is holding on to faith, saying they’ll have to make do with what they have.

“We are going to still go on. What can we do? People are still hungry,” Kendrick said.

Sonia said she’s hoping the tractor gets returned.

Here’s the organization’s website, if you want to find out more about Feed Iowa First.

l Comments: 319-398-8268; jill.kasparie@kcrg.com

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