Courtney Dayton

Courtney Dayton
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Courtney likes to describe herself as a lover of lists and post-its, all things nerdy, and as an all-around pretty awesome person. She lives in Marion with her husband, Jon, their two sons, and their two crazy cats. Both of her boys are rainbow babies, with Everett arriving in December 2013, and Hendrix in March 2016. Courtney is a Penn State graduate, and currently works as a team lead for a state agency. Aside from attempting to be successful at this parenting thing, she likes to go on adventures with her family that includes trying out all the local parks and ice cream stops. Courtney also likes to binge watch Netflix, attempt all things from Pinterest, and can be occasionally be found on her couch doing both

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Cedar Rapids Food Pantries and Food Assistance Programs

Guide to Cedar Rapids Area Food Pantries and Free Meal Programs

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Whether you're in need of food assistance in the Cedar Rapids Area, or are looking to donate items or volunteer your time to a Cedar Rapids food pantry or program, we've got you covered...