Food Bank of Siouxland receives $25,000 grant from Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Food Bank of Siouxland has been named one of the five recipients to receive $25,000 from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s 2020 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.

“On behalf of the Food Bank of Siouxland Board of Directors and staff, thank you to everyone that voted, spread the word, and cheered us on! The funding from this grant will go toward our Childhood Hunger Initiative, which ensures that no child in Siouxland has to go to bed hungry. We can’t thank Blue Bunny, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, or the Siouxland community enough for helping us succeed in our mission of ‘leading Siouxland in the fight against hunger’.”

From Valerie Petersen, Development Director at the Food Bank of Siouxland

The five recipients and how many votes they received for the grants are:

  • National Mental Health Association of Georgia (Atlanta, GA): 33,674 votes
  • TABLE, Inc (Carrboro, NC): 31,416 votes
  • Working in the Schools (WITS) (Chicago, IL): 27,523 votes
  • Food Bank of Siouxland (Sioux City, IA): 25,437 votes
  • DMF Youth, Inc. (New York, NY): 24,501 votes
Photo Courtesy of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.

The food bank was one of 10 semi-finalists named in June to be the running for a chance to receive the grant from Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.

The final five were selected via a week-long public vote. Officials said more than 223,000 votes were cast for the 10 semi-finalists during the voting period.

“There are so many deserving organizations and now more than ever, they need our help. These grants are one small way we can help make a difference. Chani (his wife) and I appreciate the partnership that we have had with Blue Bunny over the years. This program has not only brought some needed funding to various organizations but a little recognition as well, with their names on my helmet. It’s also brought a little fun, because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love an ice cream party?”

From Jimmie Johnson, who’s in his final year of full-time NASCAR competition

In addition to the grants, each of the recipients will receive a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party and their logo featured on the helmet of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson.

The logos of the five non-profits will appear on his helmet during a NASCAR Cup Series race this season.

The program gives people across the U.S. the chance to nominate their favorite charity that supports K-12 public education for a $25,000 grant.

This year, the nomination process was expanded to include non-profits that have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

It started in 2008 and has awarded more than $1.33 million to 121 charities.

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants. The rallying effort by the fans of all 10 semi-finalists is always impressive and highlights the passion around the purpose and mission of each organization in their communities. It is an honor to help each of them further the important work they are committed to.”

From Mike Wells, President & CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc., maker of Blue Bunny ice cream

Officials mentions that the remaining five semi-finalist charities will each receive a $1,000 grant and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party as well, in thanks to the generosity of Wells Enterprises, Inc.

For more information on Helmet of Hope and to see the full list of voting results, click here.

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