by Craig Reber
Off busy Cedar Cross Rd. on Dubuque’s southwest side, stands a testimonial to two dedicated Dubuque men who saw a need to address hunger in the tri-state area, including Dubuque and Jackson counties.
When it was organized in 1982, St. Stephen’s Food Bank provided 500 meals. In 2016, that number grew to 1.1 million; this year, more than 1.2 million meals through October, according to Kathy Hutton, who directs the effort.
Jack Rolling (d. 2014) and his wife Maryann (d. 2016) always wintered in Mesa, AZ. In 1981, they stopped at a Catholic Church where a woman described her mission of feeding the hungry. Jack was so moved, upon his return to Dubuque he talked to his friend Steve Jacobs. “We have to get this mission started here,” Hutton recalled Rolling saying.
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