October 22, 2014
5:25 pm
Freezin' for a Reezin' 2014

Save the Date!!

Freezin' for A Reezin' is coming back to the Handy Foods IGA parking lot from 7am to 7pm, Friday, December 12, 2014. If you are a business and want to help, with the 2014 Freezin' for A Reezin' start thinking about organizing a food drive within your business. Not sure how you can help? Contact Karen Rhodes today!! 815-434-6050.

Check out a new video about how Handy Foods IGA helps out with Freezin' for a Reezin' every year!

Latest News!

Hello all!  Thank you each for again accepting the 500 Pound Challenge!  So much fun!  It was such a pleasure working with you all last year; and, I look forward to doing it again!
Please note that for those that requested signs, I should have them in hand to deliver the week of October 20th
So far, we have the following participants:
Ziebart of Ottawa, Rhino Linings
Ottawa YMCA
B&B Electronics Manufacturing
Pleasant View, A Lutheran Life Community
IVGA Girls Competitive Team
LaSalle County Employees
Centrue Bank
First National Bank of Ottawa
South Prairie Pioneers 4H Club
SAVE THE DATE!  Freezin for a Reezin day is Friday, December 12, 2014!
Please remember that the MOST NEEDED non-perishable food items are:
spaghetti sauce (in plastic jar or can, no glass please)
spaghetti noodles
boxed macaroni and cheese
peanut butter (in plastic jar please)
jelly (in plastic jar please)
canned soup, vegetables, fruits, along with canned meats like tuna or chicken
boxed cereal
boxed dinners (i.e. Hamburger Helper)
Thank you also to the Schmidts for again donating their time and scale for this effort!
Please note that we have one change for 2014.  To ensure fairness for all who are working hard to get individuals to donate, we will not count any corporate donations toward the total pounds collected, no matter the affiliation/relation to the challenge participants.  We are so grateful for ALL of the donations obtained and received; and, we want to continue to “keep the competitive spirit alive and well” for this year’s challenge!
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Ruvalcaba
Thank you so much!  We look forward to another exciting year!

NEW EVENT THIS YEAR- "Celebrafreeze"  headed up by Matt Skelly.  Local celebrities come out to bare the winter elements along with karen Rhodes for a couple of hours until they bring in $1000 or 500lbs of food.
Ottawa Elementary School Competition - headed up by Bob and LouAnn Carretto.  The grade schools run competitions in each school to see which class can bring in the most food.  The winning class wins a trip to "Freezin for a Reezin" to sing live on the air and they get a party sponsored by a local food establishment.
Milk Money - headed up by Brad Hughes (Also known as the "Milkman")  Brad reaches out to community members to sponsor one month of milk at the food pantry.  Each month the pantry spends about $1000 on milk so no family has to be without milk.
500 lb Challenge - headed up by Melissa Ruvalcaba.  Melissa contacts many area employers and invites them to compete in the challenge.  The one who brings in the most food over 500 lbs wins a big 'Freezin for a Reezin" trophy and braggin' rights.
"Freezin for a Reezin Wear" - headed up by Lenise Leipold.  Lenise gets our t-shirts and hoodies for us to sell and all the proceeds go to the food pantry. 
Handy Foods IGA - Mike McGrogan and Dave Neurohr line up products ready to purchase for cost in the store and will have them delivered out to our truck for the customers.  Mike also does "Chillin n' Grillin' donating proceeds to the pantry.  This runs over the lunch hour .  Mike gets the grill going and serves up a delicious lunch off the grill at Freezin.
Stevenson Transfer- Mike Stevenson supplies all the trucks and loads, weighs and delivers the donated food to the pantry. 
Volunteers - headed up by Todd Conroy.  It takes many people to get the job done at Freezin for a Reezin and Todd lines up all the help.  If anyone is interested all they have to do is get in touch with Todd.
Illinois Valley Building Trades along with the City of Ottawa take care of all the set up of tents and outdoor heaters plus they erect the stage and then they are there at the end of the day to take it all down .  Also, the Illinois Valley Building Trades puts up and takes down all of our signs. 

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Check out a new video about how The City of Ottawa helps out with Freezin' for a Reezin' every year!
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