Community Fundraiser a Success Stocking Winneshiek County food pantries November 20, 2018 – Decorah – This is an example of community generosity at its best. On October 1, Decorah Bank & Trust, in partnership with Lynch Family Foundation, announced a pledge challenge to help stock the Winneshiek County Food Pantries. The Bank would match the community’s donations up to $2,500, and Lynch Family Foundation would match up to $2,500 in pork. The Bank, at a recent fundraising event, purchased a giant piggy bank crafted from a used Templeton Rye whiskey barrel. This fun new addition to the lobby at the bank is now known as “Templeton.” We thought it would be fun to run a “feed the piggy” campaign using our new friend Templeton. Hunger and food insecurity is a serious concern. The first few weeks that Templeton was accepting gifts, a few small and wonderful financial contributions were dropped in him. We were happy to see that people noticed the opportunity to help others during this season of giving. Watching the magic unfold Later in the campaign, one contributor stood out: Our teller noticed that a young woman, in her twenties, dropped all of the proceeds from her entire paycheck in the piggy bank. What a gift! It was great to see community members come together to accept the pledge challenge – customers and community members reached the $2,500 goal by early November! In total, customers, community, and Decorah Bank contributed $6006.12 in monetary donations. The Bank contributed $2,500 and customers and community members contributed $3,506.12. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of many people who helped stock Winneshiek County food pantries for the upcoming holidays to provide nourishment for community members. As for Templeton? The giant piggy bank is taking a break in the “back 40.” Perhaps he will be involved in more wonderful projects in the future.