Nancy and Steve Louthan–Waterloo, Iowa

Nancy and Steve Louthan have been leaders in hunger relief at our Waterloo facility for some time. They spend countless weekends and evenings raising money to help end childhood hunger in the Cedar Valley, Iowa…after putting in full time hours at our facility. This year, they both volunteered their own vacation time during RAGBRAI in cooking, serving and greeting riders along the RAGBRAI route. Every rider met one of the Louthan’s….either the one behind the grill and scrubbing pans or the one behind the cash box telling people who their money would be spent. They each worked 18-20 hour days for a solid week and helped our campaign raise over $25,000 to help agencies that feed children in Iowa. They did not stop there, they helped set up and clean up every day, never asking for a single thank you. After such a strenuous week, we thought they would have retired for the year. Instead, they were back out in the community cooking for "Tuggin For Kids" and other events keeping the spirit moving and money coming in! Seldom have I met two individuals who have dedicated themselves to being a part of the solution in their community and consistently wearing a smile. They are role models for so many others, and in passing asked if they could still be involved after they retire. We would be blessed to have them as a part of our team for as long as they will have us. I consider the Louthan’s more than champions, they are agents of change to solve the issues that plague children across the country. You ask why should they be selected? I would answer that they are the reason we have Hunger Champions!