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April 1, 2024

Fill the Fund: April 24


The seventh annual Fill the Fund fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, April 24 in Ankeny. Fill the Fund is an event organized by the Wiedenman Family Foundation to benefit the Ankeny Community School District. Fill the Fund is a community-wide fundraiser to assist students with negative meal balances in the Ankeny Community School District.

Participating restaurants agree to donate a percentage of their profits on April 24 to the FUEL Fund, which helps cover negative lunch balances. Every student in Ankeny Schools is fed a daily lunch, regardless of the balance in their lunch account. Funds raised during Fill the Fund give access to a fundraised account for those students whose negative balances are greater than -$50. Once their account reaches that point, they can utilize this fundraised account so as not to incur additional debt while they work to pay off their existing balance.

The Fill the Fund campaign brings together the entire Ankeny community to raise money for school meals while supporting local businesses. Nearly $133,000 in school meals have been provided through this fund, and nearly 1,000 families have been helped through this annual event.

Participating restaurants include:

Early Bird Cafe
JJ’s Tavern & Grill
Leaning Tower of Pizza
Little Ceasars
Magees Irish Pub & Eatery
Main Street Cafe & Bakery
Sorriso’s Grille
Sports Page
The Outside Scoop
TJ’s Bagels
Wig & Pen


The Wiedenman Family Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt, non-profit organization was formed to undertake projects that will enhance Ankeny and the surrounding communities. Can’t make our evening out? No problem! Donations are always welcomed and appreciated. Donate by check to the Wiedenman Family Foundation and mail it to PO Box 931, Ankeny, IA 50021 or donate on the Touchbase Payment system directly to the district!