Stamp out hunger with food and football team

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The Quad City Wolfpack is trading the offensive line for the serving line on Friday

The area's new semipro team is passing plates instead of footballs. They're volunteering to serve more than 100 meals at King's Harvest in Davenport. It's a meal with a message.

"People are going hungry every day," said team owner Matt McClean.

The all-volunteer operation sends quite a statement about hunger in the Quad Cities.

"I know all the players who are here right now have already come up to me and said, 'Hey, we're really glad that we're doing this."

The Wolfpack, which opens its season at Brady Street Stadium on June 16, is proving it can fight hunger one meal at a time. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive lets everybody contribute one can at a time.

River Bend Foodbank is joining forces with letter carriers and United Way. They hope to collect 60,000 pounds of food on Saturday.

Just put non-perishable food items, like cans and boxes of food, into a sturdy bag by your mailbox before Saturday's delivery. The letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to the food bank.

"It's a great vehicle for anybody in the Quad Cities to join us in our battle against hunger by just simply leaving a can of food at the mailbox," said Tom Laughlin, executive director of River Bend Foodbank.

It's a battle against numbers. River Bend serves 10,000 clients each week through 300 charities in 22 counties. The drive becomes even more important because supplies are short this time of year.

"The demand is at an all-time high," Laughlin said. "We desperately need the food."

From the busy forklift to the bustling serving line, it's food for thought.