Johnston Mayor Climbs to Fight Hunger

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JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Johnston's Mayor is getting active to fight hunger in her community.

Paula Dierenfeld says she will climb 1,000 feet of hill in Johnston for every backpack filled with food or money donated before labor day.

The donations will go to the Johnston Partnership's "Friday Friends" program. It makes sure children receive healthy food when they're not in school.

Donations can be dropped off at the Johnston Partnership Offices, City Hall or the public library.

"I've never climbed a mountain before and the goal is to take the total amount of height and we are calling that dragon mountain and we want dragon mountain to be 30,000 feet high," Dierenfeld said.

Anyone interested in climbing with the mayor on labor day, can meet her at the hill on northwest 70th avenue just east of Camp Dodge at 8 a.m.

Last year Mayor Dierenfeld ran a mile for each donation.

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