Iowa food banks: Demand up 65-percent

DES MOINES, Iowa- Food banks across the state have seen a 65-percent rise in demand, from people who have been laid-off from work, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State health officials say the food banks are also stressed, because many of their volunteers are older, and may be staying home, out of health concerns.

Governor Kim Reynolds is encouraging those who are healthy, low risk, and do not live with anyone who is at high risk for COVID-19, to consider volunteering at their local food bank or pantry. Food banks have also encouraged on-line donations to help support their efforts at this time. Governor Kim Reynolds says the state is forming a food task-force, led by Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, and involving multiple state agencies to address food insecurity.

During today's COVID-19 state briefing, Governor Reynolds thanked Iowa's farmers, agribusinesses, and others for their donations to food banks across the state, including:

Iowa Pork Producers: 12,000 pounds of pork

The Iowa Beef Council: 5,500 beef sticks

AE Dairy: Milk donated for the Des Moines Public School District

Tyson Foods: 200 pounds of pork products

Smithfield: 27,000 pounds of pork

Lynch Livestock: 30,000 pounds of pork

Corteva Agriscience: $100,000 matching donation

Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation: $100,000 donation

MidAmerican Energy Foundation: $500,000 donation

(Photo above from Food Bank of Iowa)

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