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Food Bank Partners Receive Grants to Help Combat Increased Need

By Staff | May 6, 2021

Across Iowa’s 99 counties, 324 grants totaling $3,452,729 were awarded to Feeding America partner pantries and feeding sites to mitigate additional costs incurred by front-line food assistance providers who stepped up to respond to unusually high demand during the COVID-19 food insecurity crisis.

In Palo Alto County in April, two partners received grants totaling $10,666.56 to help meet increased need due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

The grants went to Unity Lutheran Food Pantry and Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. Palo Alto, and the funds will help local pantries purchase and distribute food to the community.

Grants provided to Feeding America food bank partners are possible due to CARES Act funding. The COVID Relief Partner Agency Grant was administered by the Iowa Food Bank Association, a coalition of six Feeding America food banks banding together to ensure no Iowan lacks proper nutrition. Food banks are large-scale food distribution businesses. These essential non-profits operate industrial freezers, cold and dry storage, warehouse equipment, and truck fleets. Administration of USDA commodities, acquiring and distributing free and reduced-cost food, storage and transportation is always done with food safety and serving the needy top-of-mind. In 2020, Food Bank of Iowa and food banks in Waterloo, Davenport, Hiawatha, Sioux City, and Omaha together distributed more than 60,000,000 pounds of food to Iowans struggling to make ends meet via close collaboration with 1,200 boots-on-the-ground partners. By working together,we provide hope, striving for a better tomorrow. According to Feeding America, food insecurity exploded due to the economic fallout of the pandemic, initially impacting one in four Iowans. Even as vaccinations start to slow the spread of COVID-19 across Iowa, a high level of food insecurity persists, as one child out of five relies on some form of food assistance for a full tummy.

“Food Bank of Iowa served an additional 220,000 Iowans, moving 25 percent more pounds of food in 2020,” said Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa CEO. “This level of service would not have been possible without dedicated, committed partners who share our ethics, mission and passion. Individually – we provide help. TOGETHER – WE CHANGE LIVES.” #About Food Bank of Iowa

Food Bank of Iowa provides food to pantries, schools, and social service organizations in 55 counties, covering big cities and small towns across 30,000 square miles. To learn more, visit www.foodbankiowa.org or find Food Bank Iowa on Facebook.

Iowa Food Bank Association’s mission is to support the food bank members who are also Feeding America network members and their affiliates serving Iowa in their work to ensure that sufficient food is accessible to all.