The Tattered Toad Bar and Grill in Cambridge was packed Saturday afternoon for a Meat and Cheese Palooza that raised $1,140 for the local food pantry.


“This event exposed the heart of a community that gives unselfishly,” said Ronda Ceynar, a Cambridge resident who helped organize the event for the food pantry.


The event is styled after “Wheel of Fortune.” Patrons line up to purchase spoons numbered one through 40 for $1. The emcee then spins the wheel and the winning number receives a pack of meat on the first spin, a block of cheese on the second spin, a t-shirt on the third spin and a variety of prizes on the fourth spin. The spoons are then turned in and another round begins.


The event included donated items from the Cellar at White Oak, Salon 101 items from Erin Thompson, LulaRoe items from Jessica Leber, Thirtyone gifts from Ronda Ceynar and 20 pounds of hamburger from Jeff and Twila Longnecker.


Stacey and Dan Price, owners of the The Tattered Toad, 217 Water St., hosted the event and donated $200 in meat. Another Meat and Cheese Palooza is planned for an ABATE Bikin’ for Tykes fundraiser on April 8 at 3 p.m.


The Cambridge Food Pantry opened in 1983. Last year the pantry helped 32 families. The food pantry is located in the basement of the Cambridge United Methodist Church and is open from 6- 7 p.m. every Tuesday.


Janet Thorson, director of the Cambridge Memorial Library, manages the Cambridge Food Pantry and coordinates food pickups from the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines. Along with food items, last year the Cambridge Food Bank received $3,500 in monetary donations.


Thorson said anyone wishing to send donations of money to the food bank can send a check to the Cambridge Fidelity Bank for the Cambridge Food Pantry.


Another food awareness event is being planned for April 8 in the Fareway parking lot in Huxley. The “Fill the Trailer for Ballard Backpack Buddies” will be taking donations beginning at 9 a.m.


The “Fill the Trailer” event is being sponsored by the Cambridge and Trinity United Methodist Churches, the Cambridge Nazareth Lutheran Church and the Ballard Kiwanis, with help from the Fareway in Huxley. The donated items will go to the Backpack Buddies and local food pantries.