THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives


Generous Support from the Community

Since its inception, The Wallace Centers of Iowa has received generous support from the community in many ways: volunteer efforts, in-kind support, memberships/donations, and artifact donations. We are pleased to feature these generous contributions:

Support for Silent Auction

Donations from 13 businesses and 10 residents made WCI’s second Silent Auction a success at the Fall Harvest.  The auction raised $1,300 for WCI. These businesses donated products and gift certificates that attracted numberous bids:
• The Fish Store and Sweet Joy Shoppe, both of
Atlantic, IA
• Trinity Salon & Day Spa, Colors, and Hotel Greenfield, Greenfield, IA
• Farm & Home, Java J’s, True Value, Maple Street Memories, Heartland Auto and Tire, Fredricksen Memorials, Coen Furniture and Van Gelder Clothing, all of Creston, IA.

Local artists Steve Campbell, Jeff Inlow and Nancy Hemstad Seaton and WCI board member Jan Knock all donated handcrafted art items. Five WCI staff members donated tangible items or skills.

Wallace House improved thru NIC grant

The Neighborhood Investment Corporation (NIC) in Sherman Hill awarded WCI a grant of $9,386 in June. This matching grant provides support for program enhancements and Wallace House repairs and improvements. Staff have purchased equipment such as a speaker system for programs, additional table service and will begin expanding artifact displays. The front stairway was painted, additional handrail installed at the front steps, and the basement floor painted. Small maintenance jobs such as washing windows, replacing weather stripping and fixing door knobs have been done. All the work will be completed by December 31. This is the second grant that NIC has awarded to WCI. The first was a $5,000 grant to implement Thursday night Food for Thought Dinners at the Wallace House in 2014.

The Grateful Chef

Brandy Lueders is an unexpected benefit from the 2013 kitchen renovation at the Wallace House. Brandy operates The Grateful Chef, a meals-to-go business out of the commercial kitchen at the Wallace House ( If you walk by the house on Tuesdays, you’ll smell the various fresh ingredients, spices and herbs that she is using to prepare orders for pick up on Wednesdays. Brandy struggled to find a commercial kitchen space that is available during daytime hours and convenient to her dozens of customers, moving 5 times in 4 years. A friend told her about the Wallace House and she began operating out of its kitchen in January 2014. We are so glad that she is here; WCI benefits greatly from exposure to an audience interested in good food and a stable source of rental income.



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