The Marshall County Neighborhood Center in Plymouth has decided it’s time to “Quack Out Hunger”.

They are asking citizens, businesses, and industries to “get your quack on” and jump in to help the center by adopting a duck for their first annual Duck Race. 

The duck race fundraiser for the Neighborhood Center will be held this Friday, August 4th during the Mayor’s Month of Music in River Park Square. 

A rubber duckie can be adopted for $5 which equates to the fresh food items in one family food basket.  The Wonky Waddlers is a bundle of 6 ducks for $25.  At the Neighborhood Center that donation would provide one food box which contains fresh bread and produce, a breakfast item like a box of cereal or pancake mix and syrup.  The box also has peanut butter, a can of protein, a couple of cans of soup and some crackers, cans of fruit and veggies, pasta and sauce, a snack item, side helpers such as rice or noodle packs or hamburger helper, and a frozen meat item. 

A Quack Pack of 15 ducks is $60 to adopt.  This donation is equal to eggs and butter for 7 families.   You can also adopt a whole flock of 30 ducks for $100 and with that donation, the Neighborhood Center can supply food baskets to 4 families. 

Chris Garner, Executive Director of the Marshall County Neighborhood Center told WTCA this week that they have seen a 35 to 37 percent increase in participation at their food pantries.  She also said by the end of June they had already spent well over 70% of their food budget for 2023.  Garner said not only are more families and senior citizens using the food pantry, but the increase creased cost of food has impacted their budget.  Garner said donations of food items and financial support are also down.   

If you want to help out the Neighborhood Center and maybe be a lucky duck, you can adopt a duck or several ducks at the Neighborhood Center at 402 West Garro Street in Plymouth. You will also be able to adopt ducks at the Mayor’s Month of Music this Friday from 5 to 7:30 in River Park Square.

The ducks will be dumped into the Yellow River from the historic footbridge after 8 p.m. Friday evening during the FREE concert by the Bishops.  The ducks will swim downriver to the kayak launch where the first 3 ducks will be captured.  The first duck’s adopted parents will win $250.  The second-place duck pays back $100, and third place is $50.

You do not need to be present to win. 

You can also adopt ducks online by using the QR code in this news article.     

If you have questions, you can call the Neighborhood Center 574-936-3388.