In June 2020, Food Bank of Iowa distributed more food in one month than ever before in the organization’s history. The highest distribution month previously was April 2020 which underscores the increased need as Iowans battle the economic effects of COVID-19.
Last month, Food Bank of Iowa distributed 1,949,566 pounds of food, a 55 percent increase compared to June 2019. The group is continuing to identify ways to meet the changing need across their 55-county service area.
“There is absolutely more work to be done,” said Michelle Book, president and CEO of Food Bank of Iowa. “The team at Food Bank of Iowa is working tirelessly to get more food out the door with the same amount of resources. We are so grateful to our donors, volunteers and community partners. We would not be able to get food into the hands of Iowans in need without their generous support.”
As the state’s largest hunger relief organization, Food Bank of Iowa has seen the need for food assistance increase considerably since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Iowa. The organization has worked to shift their distribution model to include more mobile pantries and drive-through distributions to reduce person to person contact. At a time when resources are scarce, the group is in need of additional funds to help purchase more food and packing supplies to accommodate the new distribution efforts.
“We know the effects of COVID-19 will be felt for a long time,” said Book. “We are preparing for elevated demand through 2021 and we will continue to need additional support.”
Any organization or individual interested in joining the fight against hunger in Iowa can find opportunities on the Food Bank of Iowa website. Donating funds, food or time to Food Bank of Iowa makes a difference for Iowans in need across their service area.