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Kiwanis misses fundraising goal

The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown will have $40,000 in supplies when it holds its fourth annual Kids Against Hunger event on April 5 at the Buffalo Mall.

The club had received a challenge from an anonymous donor who would donate $1 for every $2 raised by Saturday. The club had set the goal of raising $50,000 by Saturday so that the match received from the donor would provide $75,000 for the Kiwanis to buy supplies for the Kids Against Hunger meal assembly event.

Janna Bergstedt, president of the Kiwanis Club of Jamestown, said the club raised about $22,000 by Friday and the anonymous donor decided to donate $20,000, which was more than the 2-to-1 match the donor originally agreed to.

Bergstedt said she had to cut the fundraiser short on Friday because that was the cutoff for ordering the meal supplies. She said the club had raised $15,000 through March 10 and after a story about the fundraising need came out in the Sun, the community donated about $12,000 to bring the total to about $27,000 as of Friday morning.

Bergstedt said the community has been generous with donations to the Kids Against Hunger program. Funds raised for the event will buy white rice, crushed soy, a dehydrated mixed vegetable blend and a vitamin and mineral powder mixture.

The ingredients are mixed in a meal bag with each bag receiving 13.8 ounces of material. The mixture becomes a meal by adding boiling water to the bag’s contents and letting it cook for 20 minutes. Each meal bag will feed six people.