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The Meaning of $1

September 2, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

The number 1 holds many different meanings. It can represent a beginning or new start. One often represents being “the best” or first place. To
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Fareway Donates 21,600 Dozen Eggs to Food Bank of Iowa

August 19, 2020 | Media Center

Des Moines, IA (August 20, 2020)—In Iowa, one in nine people struggle with food insecurity—meaning they have insufficient or unreliable access to enough nutritious food
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Summer 2020 Newsletter

July 9, 2020 | Newsletter

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T-Shirts For Totes

July 9, 2020 | Newsletter

To minimize contact and promote social distancing, in-person pantry shopping experiences have migrated to grab & go prepacked food package distributions. As we mobilize to
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Noah’s Birthday Food Drive

July 9, 2020 | Newsletter

Making sense of COVID-19 and the resulting personal losses and disappointments are topics which have challenged us. Many parents are using the upheaval delivered by
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A Note From Our CEO

July 9, 2020 | Newsletter

My world changed significantly on March 13th. I am pretty sure yours did as well. While I grieve the loss of what I loved about
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Food Distribution Feeds Thousands

July 9, 2020 | Newsletter

Overnight, COVID-19 uprooted the fabric of our economy and altered many aspects of how we go about our daily life. We have been forced to
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Food Bank of Iowa Distributes Record Amount of Food in June

July 2, 2020 | COVID-19

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
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Food Bank of Iowa receives $35,000 grant from the Principal Charity Classic and Variety – the Children’s Charity

June 10, 2020 | COVID-19

The Principal Charity Classic and Variety – the Children’s Charity today announced a $35,000 grant to the Food Bank of Iowa. The funding will help
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Iowa Corn Announces $25,000 Matching Grant to the Food Bank of Iowa

June 9, 2020 | Press Releases

Iowa Corn has partnered with the Food Bank of Iowa to raise funds towards feeding and supporting Iowans. Iowa Corn will provide a matching grant
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Farm Credit Services Commits $25,000 Matching Gift to Food Bank of Iowa

May 24, 2020 | COVID-19

For organizations like Food Bank of Iowa, monthly donations are incredibly important to keep operations running—especially in challenging times like those created by COVID-19. To
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Food Bank of Iowa Distributes Record Amount of Food in April

May 21, 2020 | COVID-19

In April 2020, Food Bank of Iowa distributed more food in one month than ever before in the organization’s history. The Food Bank expects numbers
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Food Bank of Iowa received $100,000 from The Wellmark Foundation

May 18, 2020 | COVID-19

The Wellmark Foundation announced it has provided a $100,000 grant to the Food Bank of Iowa resulting in the equivalent of 400,000 meals. The donation
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FMH Fundraises with Food Bank of Iowa to Feed Local Community

May 14, 2020 | COVID-19

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) has partnered with the Food Bank of Iowa to raise funds for its COVID-19 Relief Challenge. FMH
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Legacy Foundation Donates $15,000 to Food Bank of Iowa to Assist During COVID-19

May 12, 2020 | COVID-19

Food Bank of Iowa announced today a $15,000 donation from the Legacy Foundation to assist with feeding food insecure Iowans in the Ottumwa area during
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Midwest Dairy Donates $500,000 to Food Banks

May 8, 2020 | COVID-19

On behalf of 6,500 dairy farm families across the Midwest, Midwest Dairy announced they will donate $500,000 to food banks in the Midwest to purchase
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Food Bank of Iowa Holds Drive-Thru Distribution Event Serving over 5,000 individuals

April 30, 2020 | COVID-19

The Food Bank of Iowa helped with feeding thousands of Iowans Thursday during its drive-thru event at its Des Moines distribution center. This was the
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Michelle Book’s Weekly COVID-19 Update: Week Seven

April 28, 2020 | COVID-19

Hello, this is Michelle Book at Food Bank of Iowa. Thank you for continuing to follow my weekly conversation with Food Bank of Iowa supporters.
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F&G and Employees Donate over $100,000 to the Food Bank of Iowa

April 27, 2020 | COVID-19

To address the immediate and ongoing community needs resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company (F&G) (NYSE: FG), a leading provider
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Michelle Book’s Weekly COVID-19 Update: Week Six

April 17, 2020 | COVID-19

Hello, this is Michelle Book at Food Bank of Iowa. I must start by saying thank you. Born and raised in rural Iowa, I know
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KCCI & Food Bank of Iowa Raise $560,000 in Single Day

April 16, 2020 | COVID-19

KCCI helped raise more than $560,000 for the Food Bank of Iowa on Wednesday, Apr., 15. The KCCI Project CommUNITY Half-Million-Meals Challenge exceeded all expectations.
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ITC Midwest Donates $20,000 to Food Bank of Iowa

April 15, 2020 | COVID-19

As the nation rallies to support the fight against the pandemic, ITC Midwest is committing $175,000 in disaster relief funding to support agencies in need
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KCCI & Food Bank of Iowa to Host an All-Day Food Drive

April 15, 2020 | COVID-19

KCCI is joining with Food Bank of Iowa on Wednesday, Apr., 15, for KCCI Project CommUNITY Half-Million-Meals Challenge.  During these unprecedented times, Food Bank of
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Amerigroup Donates $10,000 to Food Bank of Iowa to Assist During COVID-19

April 9, 2020 | Press Releases

Food Bank of Iowa announced today a $10,000 donation from Amerigroup to assist with feeding food insecure Iowans during the coronavirus pandemic, which has created
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Corteva Agriscience Donates $100,000 to Food Bank of Iowa to Assist with COVID-19 Efforts

April 6, 2020 | COVID-19

Food Bank of Iowa announced today a $100,000 matching donation from Corteva Agriscience to assist with feeding food insecure Iowans during the coronavirus pandemic, which
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Michelle Book’s Weekly COVID-19 Update: Week Five

April 6, 2020 | Blog

With the avalanche of employment claims usurping that of The Great Depression, economic despair has become our second pandemic. Accordingly, we see the need for
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Volunteer Appreciation Video

April 1, 2020 | Blog

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for their incredible outpouring of support as we tackle food insecurity together. It would not be possible without you.
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The Nelson Foundation Donates $50,000 to Food Bank of Iowa to Assist during COVID-19

April 1, 2020 | COVID-19

The Nelson Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the Nelson family, which privately owns and operates Kemin Industries, announced today a $50,000 donation to the Food
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Quotes From Our Donors

March 31, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

In the last few weeks, we have seen the world change before our eyes. Most of us have never experienced anything like the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Project Zume Des Moines, Iowa

March 31, 2020 | Blog

Watch the video below of CEO Michelle Book announcing a new partnership with Food Bank of Iowa, Project Zume. If you live in the central nine
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Food Bank of Iowa Partners with Church Network to Provide Food Assistance for Central Iowans

March 30, 2020 | COVID-19

Food Bank of Iowa announced today a new partnership with faith-based community leaders working to help provide food to those suddenly struggling with hunger in
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Michelle Book’s Weekly COVID-19 Update: Week Four

March 27, 2020 | COVID-19

With the avalanche of employment claims usurping that of The Great Depression, economic despair has become our second pandemic. Accordingly, we see the need for
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Spring 2020 Newsletter

March 23, 2020 | Newsletter

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Volunteer Profile: Scott Fredrickson

March 23, 2020 | Newsletter

Pictured (L to R): Mark & Doreen Johnson, John & Barb Charley, Dean Kohlmeyer, Jeanne & Ralph Wilson, Scott & Joan Fredrickson, Sara & Paul Martin,
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John Deere Sponsors Meal Kit Pack

March 23, 2020 | Newsletter

Both John Deere and Food Bank of Iowa embrace commitment as a core value. John Deere consistently shows up with volunteers and financial support to make a difference
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A Note From Our CEO

March 23, 2020 | Newsletter

Dear Friends, As I type this, I am also celebrating my birthday. I love birthdays. Every year of life is a gift and worthy of a
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Virtual Food Drive

March 23, 2020 | Newsletter

Organizations are “ditching the cans,” and hosting virtual food drives in lieu of traditional canned food donation events. Forget the heavy lifting. Food Bank of Iowa makes
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Michelle Book’s Weekly COVID-19 Update: Week Three

March 20, 2020 | COVID-19

If you’re like me, yesterday’s unemployment filings report added another lightning bolt of reality. We are facing a steep/uphill climb as our fight against COVID-19
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Michelle Book’s Weekly COVID-19 Update: Week Two

March 15, 2020 | COVID-19

I’m tired. Are you tired? What a week!  The need is growing, but along with it so is your support. Our phones are ringing constantly
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advisory

March 13, 2020 | COVID-19

See what individuals and groups are doing to support Food Bank of Iowa’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Food Bank of Iowa operations are continuing uninterrupted as
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Food Bank of Iowa will continue normal operations ensuring safe access to nutrition and resources for Iowa’s most vulnerable

March 13, 2020 | COVID-19

Food Bank of Iowa announced today that operations are continuing uninterrupted as need grows amid concerns surrounding COVID-19. In coordination with Feeding America, Food Bank
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Learn More About Food Insecurity

March 10, 2020 | Media Center

Raising awareness about food insecurity can help our communities tremendously. The video above explains what food insecurity is and why it is so important to
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Kum & Go Appreciation Post

March 3, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

Kum & Go’s robust food rescue program has helped many of our food pantries provide a quick, easy meal to those in need. Kum &
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The Power of Monthly Giving

February 26, 2020 | Media Center

Making a big impact at Food Bank of Iowa does not require a big impact on your pocketbook. With our Meal Makers monthly donation program,
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Helping Make Ends Meat

February 17, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

The last Tuesday of each month, one of our trucks makes a special trip to Mason City. After delivering to our partner agencies along the
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Planned Giving: Your Legacy — Your Way

February 13, 2020 | Newsletter

Planned charitable giving is something we all can do … it’s not just for the wealthy. Like so many people, you’d like to know that
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Winter 2020 Newsletter

February 13, 2020 | Newsletter

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Volunteer Profile: Jeanne and Eliot Nusbaum

February 13, 2020 | Newsletter

It was during her first year of teaching that Jeanne Nusbaum became aware of children struggling from food insecurity in her community. “At first all
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BackPack/Pantry Sponsorship at Perry Elementary

February 13, 2020 | Newsletter

The poverty rate in Iowa is 11 percent.  Iowans struggling to make ends meet are having difficulty putting nutritious food on the table.  In your
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A Note From Our CEO

February 13, 2020 | Newsletter

Dear Friends, Coming just after January, February is the month of new beginnings. Meaning “to purify”, February was known as the “Month of Purification” during
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Tyson Grant Provides New Vehicle

February 13, 2020 | Newsletter

It takes many moving parts to acquire, handle, distribute, and ultimately deliver 1.5 million pounds of food across 30,000 square miles. Yet that’s what Food
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Food Bank of Iowa receives $30,000 donation from Tyson Foods

February 11, 2020 | Press Releases

Food Bank of Iowa announced today that the organization received a $30,000 grant from Tyson Foods. The funds will be used to provide food to
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Pots, Pans, and Cans, OH MY

February 10, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

Ready. Set. SPIKE!  Grand View Men’s Volleyball Team partnered with Food Bank of Iowa on Friday, January 31st during their game. Grand View advertised to
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Stories of Hunger – Pat

February 4, 2020 | Media Center

Pat was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor five years ago; the brain tumor causes him to have seizures which leaves him jobless. Everly Ball
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Connecting People with Food and Non-Food Items

January 27, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

Costco has been a generous donor for years in partnership with Food Bank of Iowa. In the last year, Costco has made an effort to
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Gingerbread Lane Gives Back

January 21, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

Holiday spirit lasted a little longer this year at Food Bank of Iowa, thanks to the organizers and volunteers from Gingerbread Lane in Ankeny. For
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Donates $8,000 to Food Bank of Iowa

January 16, 2020 | Media Center

Food Bank of Iowa received $8,000, which equates to 32,000 meals, from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity in Iowa. The donation is
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Medicap Pharmacy Donates nearly 80,000 meals to The Food Bank of Iowa

January 16, 2020 | Press Releases

Medicap Pharmacy is proud to announce their recent flu shot campaign success. This fall, they were able to provide 79,992 meals to the Food Bank
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“Udderly” Amazing

January 16, 2020 | Food Bank High Five

This week, our donor spotlight is shining on Picket Fence Creamery, a local family-owned and operated dairy farm in Woodward, IA. During ice cream season,
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Food Bank of Iowa Recovers and Distributes Record Amount of Food in 2019

January 13, 2020 | Press Releases

Despite distributing and rescuing a record-shattering amount of food in 2019, Food Bank of Iowa is still working to fill pantries and fully meet the
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Food Safety PowerPoint

December 24, 2019 | Partners

Please look over the Food Safety PDF.

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Virtual Food Drives

December 23, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

Forget the heavy lifting – donors ditch the cans for Virtual Food Drives. How do we acquire food at Food Bank of Iowa? Thirty-one percent
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Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation Grant

December 16, 2019 | Media Center

Food Bank of Iowa is so excited to announce that Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation has granted us $30,000 to put towards our Ottumwa’s kitchen and
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The Most Important Meal of the Day

December 12, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

You’ve heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that’s true for most of us, it’s especially true for those
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ITC Charitable Giving Program

December 6, 2019 | Media Center

Through the ITC Charitable Giving Program, ITC Midwest makes contributions to local nonprofits as part of the company’s commitment to the many communities it serves.
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Glenn and Barringer Join Food Bank of Iowa Board of Directors

December 4, 2019 | Press Releases

In the fight against food insecurity in Iowa, support from community leaders and organizations makes all the difference. That is why Food Bank of Iowa
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Holiday Meal Kits

December 2, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

Over Thanksgiving week, Catholic Charities in Des Moines put together holiday baskets that had five different food items in each basket. People were able to
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Combat Hunger 2019 Participants

November 28, 2019 | Media Center

The largest food drive in the state of Iowa, Star 102.5’s Combat Hunger raised more than 232,287 meals for Iowans in need in 2019. These
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Law Enforcement Officers Fight Hunger with Food Bank of Iowa

November 26, 2019 | Press Releases

With the help of Iowa law enforcement personnel, hundreds of Iowa families struggling with food insecurity will have a happier Thanksgiving. On November 26, law
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Truly Full Service

November 21, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

Fareway is a growing Midwest grocer committed to their foundation of personalized service and quality food distribution. Fareway is also committed to serving the communities
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With Gratitude

November 20, 2019 | Media Center

Our thanks go out to the following organizations for their generosity in supporting our work and mission: • Barilla: 401,964 lbs of pasta and sauce
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Food Bank of Iowa Volunteers Honored with Governor’s Volunteer Award

November 20, 2019 | Media Center

Fulfilling our mission would be impossible without the generous donation of time from thousands of volunteers. Last year, Food Bank of Iowa was fortunate to
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Supporting School Pantries

November 20, 2019 | Media Center

Last year, in addition to providing 150,307 backpacks throughout the school year, the Food Bank of Iowa team was hard at work increasing the number
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A Note From Our CEO

November 20, 2019 | Media Center

The heat, humidity, and mosquitoes of summer are behind us and most of fall is a wrap. We are coming into my favorite season of
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Fall 2019 Newsletter

November 20, 2019 | Newsletter

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Making Our Community a Better Place, One Grant at a Time

November 19, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

Food Bank of Iowa is lucky to be a grant recipient of the Story County Community Foundation’s Community Grant. Their support will help our school-based
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Food Bank of Iowa receives $200,000 donation from Polk County Board of Supervisors

November 19, 2019 | Press Releases

Food Bank of Iowa is the honored recipient of a $200,000 grant from the Polk County Board of Supervisors. This generous donation will support Food
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Food Bank of Iowa receives $150,000 donation from Tyson Foods

November 15, 2019 | Press Releases

Food Bank of Iowa announced today a $150,000 grant from Tyson Foods. The funds from this grant were used to support a transportation and equipment
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See Yourself Hungry

November 7, 2019 | Blog

In the heartland, hunger is never expected to be a real problem. It is, and more than 300,000 Iowans struggle with food insecurity. Friends, family
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Snack Time is the Best Time

November 5, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

Crackers and pretzels and popcorn, oh my! This week, we’re highlighting Shearer’s Snacks for their regular donations of crackers, cookies, and all things snacks. Snacks
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Senior Hunger in Perry, IA

October 28, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

As Iowans age into their golden years, many face food insecurity. Sixty-three percent of senior households served by our Feeding America network are forced to
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A Gold Star to Kwik Star

October 22, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

Known as Kwik Trip in Minnesota and Wisconsin and as Kwik Star in Iowa, they operate over 675 family-owned convenience stores Kwik Star convenience stores
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Fighting Hunger in our Communities

October 15, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

Food Bank of Iowa was honored to receive a $10,000 donation from Hormel Foods in Algona, Iowa during Hunger Action Month (September). Hormel Foods shares our mission of
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Where It All Started

October 7, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

We’d like to give a shout out to AE Dairy for being the very first donor to Food Bank of Iowa. Their donation of cottage cheese
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Support Across the Board

September 23, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

There are so many moving parts that contribute to operations at Food Bank of Iowa. The first thing many people think of is food. And
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Why a Thank-a-Thon?

September 16, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

During the month of September 2019, Food Bank of Iowa hosted our first-ever Thank-a-Thon. What exactly is a Thank-a-Thon? It’s much like a telethon, minus
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Core Volunteers at the Iowa State Fair

September 16, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

We’d like to take a moment to recognize our core volunteers. Food Bank of Iowa is lucky to have a group of volunteers that dedicate
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Barilla has generously donated over 400,000 lbs. of food

September 16, 2019 | Food Bank High Five

If we had a ‘penne’ for every time Barilla donated to Food Bank of Iowa… In our 25+ year partnership, Barilla has generously donated over 400,000 lbs.
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Food Bank of Iowa receives $30,000 grant from Variety to support Childhood Hunger Programs

September 4, 2019 | Blog

Food Bank of Iowa has received a $30,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to support the BackPack ProgramTM and School Pantry Program. The grant will
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Food Bank of Iowa and Prairie Meadows team up to Fight Childhood Hunger

August 16, 2019 | Media Center

We are excited to announce that the Food Bank of Iowa has received a grant of $15,000 from Prairie Meadows to address childhood hunger through
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Smithfield Foods “Smokes Out Hunger” With 40,000 Pound Protein Donation to Food Bank of Iowa

July 29, 2019 | Media Center

View Original Article DES MOINES, Iowa, July 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smithfield Foods, Inc. joined the Des Moines community to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa during their
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Stories of Hunger – Judy

July 15, 2019 | Blog

Judy calls herself a “Boone Transplant.” She lives there now, but called Eastern Iowa her home until 1988. She visits the food pantry at IMPACT
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Food Bank of Iowa Awarded A 2019 MAXIMUS Foundation Grant

July 15, 2019 | Media Center

We are excited to announce that the MAXIMUS Foundation recently awarded Food Bank of Iowa with a $12,000 grant for our work to support individuals
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Food Bank of Iowa Receives Feeding Cerro Gordo County Grant

July 10, 2019 | Media Center

Food Bank of Iowa is excited to announce that we were one of thirty-seven organizations receiving a grant from the Cerro Gordo Community Foundation this
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Volunteer Profile: Natalie Simon

July 8, 2019 | Media Center

For Natalie Simon, her interest in addressing food insecurity developed during her time living in Brooklyn, New York. When she moved back to Des Moines,
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A Note From Our CEO

July 8, 2019 | Media Center

Dear Friends, For many Iowa children summertime means family vacations, playing kick ball until dark, and waking up late each morning to a leisurely breakfast
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Thinking Outside The Box

July 8, 2019 | Media Center

The Food Bank of Iowa could not serve 175,000 Iowans without the generosity of our supporters. When you think about supporting the Food Bank of
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Summer 2019 Newsletter

July 8, 2019 | Newsletter

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Nothing Compares to Fighting Hunger at the Iowa State Fair!

July 8, 2019 | Media Center

In 2018, the Iowa State Fair helped us connect with food vendors like Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters and Midwest Dairy and fan favorites such as Steer
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There From the Beginning

June 18, 2019 | Blog

Bulk items are a big area of opportunity for Food Bank of Iowa, allowing us to scale large-sized donations down to family friendly quantities. Thanks
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Food Bank of Iowa Awarded Grant from Bayer Fund

May 31, 2019 | Media Center

Food Bank of Iowa has been awarded a grant of of $5,000.00 for Feeding Boone and Story Counties! This grant will provide us with an
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Food Bank of Iowa Receives 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency

May 30, 2019 | Media Center

Food Bank of Iowa just earned a 2019 Platinum Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. By sharing these important metrics, we’re
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Stories of Hunger: Theresa

May 10, 2019 | Blog

Theresa has been coming to the food pantry at IMPACT Community Action Association in Boone for almost two years. Her cancer diagnosis brought her to
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Stories of Hunger – Brianna

April 16, 2019 | Blog

“It’s scary to not have food at home, or not to not have enough, or to not have what you need,” said Brianna. “We use
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Food Bank of Iowa Awarded Grant from Tyson Foods to Double our Impact

March 17, 2019 | Media Center

Hunger relief is the primary way Tyson Foods gives back. We’re proud to announce a grant for $150,000 for our Double the Impact: Ramping Up
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A Note From Our CEO

March 15, 2019 | Media Center

Dear Friends, It’s been a rough winter in Iowa. Many of us are focused on an eventual thaw, which is sure to come. With warm
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Hitting The Road for Food Rescue

March 14, 2019 | Newsletter

A snazzy “new to us” refrigerated van has hit the streets of metro Des Moines to rescue unsellable but edible food and deliver it to
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Global Trade’s Local Impacts

March 14, 2019 | Newsletter

Reuters, Scientific American, and National Public Radio all agree: the Midwest is the world’s breadbasket. Iowa and its neighbors produce staggering amounts of food. Food
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Toast and Jam Tim Johnson

March 14, 2019 | Newsletter

For Tim Johnson, it started with a piece of toast and a smear of jam. While working as a research scientist at Pioneer Hi-Bred, Johnson
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Spring 2019 Newsletter

March 8, 2019 | Newsletter

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Faces of Hunger: Shawn, YMCA Supportive Housing Campus

January 28, 2019 | E-News

A few years ago, Shawn hit a rough patch. He lost his job. His hearing aid blew out. A new job didn’t pan out. The
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Service Enterprise Commitment Brings New Life to Volunteer Program

January 28, 2019 | E-News

  With a freshly renovated volunteer center, a newly minted volunteer coordinator, and an expanding set of volunteer roles, it may seem as though Food
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The Ford Family’s Footprint

January 28, 2019 | E-News

The Food Bank of Iowa was a different organization when its doors opened in September of 1982. Located on Delaware Avenue with just over 4,000 square feet
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A Note From Our CEO

December 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Dear Friends, Before coming to the Food Bank of Iowa, I believed that those who struggled with food insecurity were different from me. I’ll admit
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The Impact You Make Possible

December 15, 2018 | Newsletter

A few weeks ago, we received a note tucked into an envelope along with a donation. We wanted to share with you this touching story
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Volunteer Spotlight: Joe Teff

December 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Following a successful IT career, Joe Teff was looking for something very different than his former day-to-day. “I used to joke that, when I retired,
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Distribution Milestone

December 15, 2018 | Newsletter

This November, Food Bank of Iowa distributed a record-shattering 1.5 million pounds of food. That’s equal to 9 space shuttles, 150 elephants, or 1,500 grand
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Tyson Foods helps Food Bank of Iowa staff with professional development

November 12, 2018 | Blog

I was fortunate to recently attend the “Principles & Techniques of Fundraising” course through the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The course was
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Food Bank of Iowa receives $35,000 grant from Variety to support childhood hunger programs

October 2, 2018 | News

Des Moines, IA, October 2, 2018 – Food Bank of Iowa has received a $35,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to support the
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Food Bank of Iowa cuts the ribbon on its newly renovated Des Moines distribution center

September 18, 2018 | Media Center

Food Bank of Iowa unveiled its newly renovated Des Moines distribution center on Monday, September 17, 2018, at a special event celebrating the culmination of
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Staff Spotlight: Sandra McReynolds

September 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Since officially joining Food Bank of Iowa in January, our Ottumwa distribution center’s staff has proved itself small but mighty. With just seven employees, the
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Volunteer Spotlight: David Kline

September 15, 2018 | Newsletter

David Kline serves an important volunteer role with the Food  Bank of Iowa: food rescue driver. Twice a week, David uses the Food Bank of
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A Note From Our CEO

September 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Dear Friends, As kids returned to school in August, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.   For most Iowa youth, return to school means football,
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Put A Bow On It

September 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Even before the last piece of construction equipment left our Des Moines distribution center, our team was already hard at work taking advantage of a
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Food Bank of Iowa unveils new Wellmark Foundation Volunteer Center

September 12, 2018 | Media Center

$500,000 grant from The Wellmark Foundation completes volunteer center renovation DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 5, 2018) — The Wellmark Foundation announced today a $500,000 grant
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Great American Milk Drive provides nearly 40,000 gallons of milk to Food Bank of Iowa

August 28, 2018 | Media Center

Des Moines, IA, August 28, 2018 – The Great American Milk Drive kicked off an incredible donation to Food Bank of Iowa today, providing more
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Emily Upchurch SNAP Spotlight

June 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Food Banks like ours are vital tools in the fight against hunger, but we aren’t the only piece of the hunger-fighting puzzle. The Supplemental Nutrition
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A Note From Our CEO

June 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Dear Friends, Even as our renovation wraps up, we’ve already begun to see our investment paid back in spades. Our team is more collaborative, more
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Core Crew

June 15, 2018 | Newsletter

An organization like Food Bank of Iowa cannot function at its best without volunteers. By helping with everything from food sorts to office filing, volunteers
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Food Rescue Feature

March 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Waste not, want not. We’re giving new meaning to the old maxim, thanks to a rapidly expanding retail store donation program. With dozens of grocery
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A Note From Our CEO

March 15, 2018 | Newsletter

Dear Friends, When I joined the Food Bank of Iowa team just over two years ago, I told my team members that my job was
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Food Bank of Iowa opens first on-site food pantry

March 15, 2018 | Media Center

Des Moines, IA, March 15, 2018 – Food Bank of Iowa has opened its first-ever on-site food pantry. The new pantry, called Karen’s Cupboard, is
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Wells Fargo commits $100,000 to Food Bank of Iowa renovation campaign

December 12, 2017 | Press Releases

Des Moines, IA, December 12, 2017 – Wells Fargo has committed a $100,000 donation to help Food Bank of Iowa complete a renovation of its
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Iowa Law Enforcement Agencies Team Up to Fight Hunger

November 20, 2017 | Press Releases

Des Moines, IA, November 20, 2017 – Iowa law enforcement agencies have teamed up to fight hunger with the third annual Arresting Hunger campaign. Earlier
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Fall 2017 Newsletter

November 9, 2017 | Newsletter

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Food Bank of Southern Iowa to merge with Food Bank of Iowa

October 30, 2017 | Press Releases

DES MOINES, Iowa – Food Bank of Southern Iowa, based in Ottumwa, will merge with Food Bank of Iowa, based in Des Moines. The two
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Harvesting Knowledge From Iowa Farms

September 13, 2017 | Blog

When it comes to food insecurity in the United States, the problem isn’t that there’s not enough food to go around, it’s that extra food
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Spring 2017 Newsletter

April 24, 2017 | Newsletter

The Food Bank of Iowa newsletter is a great way to keep track of our work. Our newsletter includes articles featuring the people, programs, and projects
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Building a Better Food Bank

April 24, 2017 | Newsletter

Last year was a time of significant change for Food Bank of Iowa, marked by the expansion of programs, new strategies for serving our partners,
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Note From Our CEO

April 24, 2017 | Newsletter

Dear Friends, When food banks first popped up across the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s, they brought with them a certain
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Grow a Row: Home Gardens Help Fight Hunger

April 24, 2017 | Newsletter

It’s a sad fact that when the food budget is stretched thin, fresh vegetables are among the first (and healthiest) items to be cut from
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Food Bank of Iowa receives largest gift in organization’s history from Nationwide Foundation

March 24, 2017 | Press Releases

Food Bank of Iowa announced a transformational gift from the Nationwide Foundation on Thursday afternoon. The gift of $1.5 million will help Food Bank of
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Food Bank of Iowa school pantry helps lower barriers for Scavo students

March 1, 2017 | Blog

It’s no secret that students learn better when their stomachs are full. That’s why many schools in central Iowa and elsewhere operate food pantries in
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Bruce Jones opens doors for hungry Iowans

January 25, 2017 | Blog

The 15-foot overhead doors at the back of the Food Bank of Iowa are raised more than 20 times a day, Monday through Friday. The
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Making a difference in Winterset

January 25, 2017 | Blog

It’s 4 p.m. on a warm, sunny Monday in September, and a long line is forming outside First United Methodist Church in Winterset. In 30
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Food Bank of Iowa starts new mobile pantry in West Des Moines

January 25, 2017 | Press Releases

Des Moines, IA, January 11, 2017 – The Food Bank of Iowa is coordinating a new Mobile Pantry in Dallas County, partnering with Crossroads Church
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Food Bank of Iowa starts new mobile pantry in Jewell

January 25, 2017 | Press Releases

Des Moines, IA, January 17, 2017 – The Food Bank of Iowa is coordinating a new Mobile Pantry in Hamilton County, partnering with Bethesda Lutheran
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Food Bank of Iowa starts new mobile pantry in Adel

January 25, 2017 | Press Releases

Des Moines, IA, January 17, 2017 – The Food Bank of Iowa is coordinating a new Mobile Pantry in Adel, partnering with New Hope Youth
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Iowa Egg Council and Fareway team up to donate eggs

January 25, 2017 | News

The Iowa Egg Council and Fareway Stores, Inc., will deliver a full truckload of eggs to the Food Bank of Iowa this Thursday, January 19,
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Alliant Energy donates $75,000

January 25, 2017 | News

Alliant Energy donated $75,000 to the Food Bank of Iowa in late December. The donation will provide about 300,000 meals for Iowa children, families, and
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Rural Child Hunger Capacity Institute

November 16, 2016 | Blog

I had the pleasure of spending the last three days at the Feeding America Rural Child Hunger Capacity Institute in Omaha. It was an intense
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Summer Feeding

November 16, 2016 | Blog

As I reflect back on the last month here at the Food Bank of Iowa, it was one of the busiest and most productive ones
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Community Partnerships

November 16, 2016 | Blog

This past month has zipped by with lots of activity. Our topic this month for the Feeding America Rural Child Hunger Capacity Institute was building
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School Starts Soon!

November 16, 2016 | Blog

Wow! We have been busy. Summer feeding is in full swing and it is going very well for the Food Bank of Iowa’s first summer
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Infrastructure is Good!

November 16, 2016 | Blog

YIKES!!! The start of the school year is intense for me here at the Food Bank of Iowa. We brought on new BackPackTM partners to
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BackPack’s Big Change

November 16, 2016 | Blog

Before I started writing this post, I read back over my entries for the last year. We certainly have made a lot of changes in
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Food Bank of Iowa Announces New CEO

November 3, 2016 | Press Releases

The Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Iowa has appointed Michelle Book to lead the organization. Michelle began her new role as president
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Expanded tax incentives benefit food producers

November 3, 2016 | Press Releases

Des Moines, IA, March 3, 2016 – Expanded federal tax incentives provide new opportunities for food producers to benefit from donations to food banks. New
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Beast of Burden Challenge

October 20, 2016 | News

Des Moines, IA, September 1, 2016 – Jess Kurti’s “Beast of Burden Challenge” will visit the Food Bank of Iowa on Monday, Sept. 6, as
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