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Demand at food banks across Iowa skyrocket during pandemic

Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 00:00:56-04

IOWA (KMTV) — According to the Food Bank of Iowa, demand at pantries across the state, especially in rural areas, is skyrocketing. A lack of grocery stores has made food insecurity a reality in areas hit hardest.

The organization has enlisted the help of churches and other faith-based organizations across the state to extend the reach of its emergency food assembly abilities as its existing 625 agencies work to process increased distribution needs.

“As businesses in the industry start to shut down across the state, and unemployment claims started to be filed, people realized that this was going to be weeks, if not months,” said President/CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa Michelle Book. “550 orders from our agencies started to come in - double, triple, five times what they normally ordered.”

Book wants to remind Iowans to reach out for help through the Food Bank of Iowa if they find themselves in need.