In a partnership between Okoboji Grill and Kading Property Management, 50 hot meals were recently provided to residents in Newton at no cost as part of Kading’s efforts to provide assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.
The idea for this project came from Kading knowing people are working from home or are essential workers in the companies properties. This was a way for Kading to help out in their own way.
“We just wanted to do something to help families relieve a little bit of stress and pressure and we thought what a great way to support some of our local businesses and also our residents at the same time,” Kading CEO Karie Ramsey said.
The project has been taking place since the first of April. Additionally, by partnering with local restaurants in the 18 central Iowa communities Kading operates, they intend to invest nearly $10,000 into the local economies during the next several weeks.
“Newton has seen more than its share of challenges over the past 20 years. We are proud to be part of Newton and feel a sense of responsibility to help our neighbors, especially now,” Ramsey said.
The people who received the meals were grateful, Ramsey said. Kading has received many thank you notes along with drawings and other gestures. Support like this highlights the importance of the relationship between local businesses and the communities where they operate.
“I think it is crucial. It is important to us. We have an investment in the community, and so do those small business owners, so we want to show support to them ... There is a reason they chose Newton to live and we want to make sure that we are supporting our residents and that they want to stay with us,” Ramsey said.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic there have been various organizations and companies who have stepped up to the plate to assist throughout the community wherever they can.
“We are living through one of the most extraordinary times in our lives. It’s important that we recognize, reach out and help those who are in need,” Newton Mayor Michael L. Hansen said. “I applaud Kading Properties for their efforts in support of their residents in need here in Newton and their support of a local Newton business.”
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