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February 2016

Food Bank of Iowa announces new CEO — Feb. 3, 2016

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 and CEO on Monday, February 1, 2016. Read more.

January 2016

Lincoln High School community finds creative ways to support food insecure students — Jan. 21, 2016

Students, teachers, and community members have all found unique ways to help support a new School Pantry at Lincoln High School in Des Moines. Read more.

Food Bank of Iowa partners with the Great American Milk Drive to bring milk to hungry Iowans — Jan. 19, 2016

The Food Bank of Iowa is now distributing gallons of fresh milk to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other partner agencies in Iowa. The milk has been purchased thanks to a grant from the Great American Milk Drive. Read more.

Food Bank of Iowa Starts New Mobile Pantry in Clay County — Jan. 14, 2016

The Food Bank of Iowa is coordinating a new Mobile Pantry in Clay County. The distributions will begin on Thursday, February 18 in Peterson. Read more.

Food Bank of Iowa Starts New Mobile Pantry in O'Brien County — Jan. 7, 2016

The Food Bank of Iowa, with the support of Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley, is coordinating a new Mobile Pantry in O’Brien County. The monthly distributions begin January 20, 2016. Read more.

Food Bank of Iowa Starts New School Pantry in Humboldt — Jan. 6, 2016

The Food Bank of Iowa has announced a new School Pantry at St. Mary School in Humboldt. The new program will be open the second and fourth Thursday of each month, beginning in January 2016. Read more.

December 2015

Food Bank of Iowa Receives Record Food Donations in November — Dec. 15, 2015

The Food Bank of Iowa received 1,119,290 pounds of food in November, breaking a record set in 2013. Read more.

Food Bank of Iowa Expands Food Assistance Services in Sac County — Dec. 9, 2015

The Food Bank of Iowa is expanding its food assistance services in Sac County through a new partnership in Early, Iowa. The Early Food Pantry, located at Sacred Heart Church, provides food assistance to the community. Those seeking food should call 712-660-0071 to make an appointment. Read more.

November 2015

Food Bank of Iowa Starts New School Pantry in Panora — Nov. 10, 2015

The Food Bank of Iowa has announced a new School Pantry at Panorama Middle/High School in Panora. The new program will be open the first and third Tuesday of each month, beginning in December. Read more.

October 2015

Food Bank of Iowa Seeks Partners in Worth County — Oct. 20, 2015

The Food Bank of Iowa is seeking new partners for mobile pantries and school pantries in Worth County. Mobile pantries are operated by community organizations, religious groups, clubs, other associations, and individuals on a monthly basis. Schools and school districts can partner to create school pantries. In both cases, the Food Bank of Iowa provides deliveries of food to a specified location, benefiting hungry people in Worth County. Read more.

Food Bank of Iowa Executive Director Announces Retirement — Oct. 12, 2015

Carey Miller, Executive Director, has announced her retirement after serving over 25 years at the Food Bank of Iowa. Miller has advised her staff and colleagues, as well as the Board of Directors. Read more.

Food Bank of Iowa Starts New Mobile Pantry in Belmond — Oct. 2, 2015

The Food Bank of Iowa has announced a new Mobile Pantry in Belmond. The Food Bank of Iowa, with the support of the Belmond Ministerial Association and Eaton Corporation, will host monthly distributions beginning Oct. 27, 2015. Read more.

May 2015

Food Bank of Iowa to Sponsor Summer Feeding Sites — May 26, 2015

Food Bank of Iowa will sponsor summer feeding sites providing breakfast bags, lunch and snacks to 15,000 kids. Learn more.

March 2015

Food Bank of Iowa Works to Advance Fight Against Rural Child Hunger with Grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers — March 18, 2015

Food Bank of Iowa joins 19 Feeding America food banks to collaborate on the first-ever Rural Child Hunger Capacity Building Institute. Learn more.

February 2015

Food Bank of Iowa Pilots School Pantry Program — February 10, 2015

Learn about our pilot School Pantry Program here.

September 2014

Food For Thought: Food Insecurity in Your Community — September, 8, 2014

A new discussion series in Northwest Iowa kicks off in Storm Lake on September 25. Learn more.

Food Bank of Iowa Turns Orange for Hunger Action Month — September 2, 2014

The Food Bank of Iowa encourages the public to get involved against hunger during the month. Learn more.

August 2014

Food Bank of Iowa Distributed Over 10 Million Pounds of Food in FY2014 — August 27, 2014

The Food Bank of Iowa concluded their fiscal year on June 30, 2014 with a 17 percent increase in food distribution, distributing 10,921,355 pounds of food. Read more.

Drive Out Hunger Golf Classic Raises $345,000 for area food banks — August 21, 2014

Low scores might be best in golf, but a high number was a big win at the Alliant Energy Foundation’s eighth annual Drive Out Hunger Golf Classic. Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin announced today that this year’s Drive Out Hunger raised $345,000 for nine Feeding America member food banks in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Read more.

Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation expands program August 13, 2014

Beginning in September, even more families struggling with food insecurity will find some relief with an expanded Ham Sandwiches for Kids™ program, made possible by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms. Learn more.

May 2014

Cool Car Show to benefit Food Bank of Iowa May 26, 2014

Cornerstone Community Credit Union and the Iowa Street Rod Association hosted a car show on May 31, 2014 to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa. To learn more, click here.

Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger May 23, 2014

The 6th annual Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger will be held Thursday, July 3 in conjunction with the Yankee Doodle Pops concert at the Iowa State Capitol. Canned food items can be donated at local Hy-Vee Stores, Bank of the West branches and at the concert. Learn more here.

Nationwide Insurance Foundation donates $60,000 May 15, 2014

Food Bank of Iowa was awarded one of the nearly two dozen grants provided by Nationwide Insurance Foundation to help bring more food to families in need across the country. Read more.

April 2014

Iowa Egg Farmers Donate 64,800 Eggs Just in Time for Easter April 10, 2014

Centrum Valley Farms is helping the fight against hunger by donating more than 64,000 eggs to the Food Bank of Iowa on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. To learn more, click here.

Prairie Meadows provides support for the BackPack Program April 8, 2014

The Food Bank of Iowa has received a $10,000 grant through the Prairie Meadows Community Grant Program to support the BackPack Program. To learn more, click here.

February 2014

Food Bank of Iowa increases deliveries and Mobile Pantry Program to aid hungry Iowans February 19, 2014

In an effort to aid more children, families and seniors struggling with food insecurity, the Food Bank of Iowa is increasing deliveries and their Mobile Pantry Program throughout their 55 county service area. Beginning this month, trucks of food will be delivered to Fort Dodge and Storm Lake in addition to deliveries in Clear Lake, Creston and Iowa Falls. The new mobile pantries will be held in Eldora, Exira, Odebolt, Perry, Swea City and State Center. Existing mobile pantry deliveries in Stanhope and Bedford will also continue. To learn more, click here.

December 2013

Sunbelt Bakery ends Thanksgiving Give-Back Promotion by Donating 5,000 Granola Bars to fight hungerDecember 11, 2013

Sunbelt Bakery proudly announces that it will donate more than 5,000 granola bars – a full pallet – to the Food Bank of Iowa on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. The donation is the result of Sunbelt Bakery’s successful e-marketing Thanksgiving Give-Back promotion in Des Moines where the company agreed to donate one box of granola bars. To learn more, click here.

Fares for Food Day to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa December 6, 2013

For one day during this giving season, all cash collected on DART buses will be donated to the Food Bank of Iowa. Fares for Food Day will be held Thursday, December 12. DART riders can make donations of their standard boarding fares ($1.75 for local, $2 for Express, and $3.50 for Flex and On Call). Additionally, people who typically pay with passes or employer IDs can make cash donations of any amount that day. To learn more, click here.

November 2013

Central Iowans donate over 234,000 lbs. of food to help hungry IowansNovember 25, 2013

Central Iowans donated more than 234,000 lbs. of food and essential resources through STAR 102.5's Combat Hunger. STAR 102.5 joined sponsors and more than 200 businesses and schools to make this the second largest amount collected through the annual food drive. To learn more, click here.

The state's largest two-day food drive kicks off Thursday, Nov. 21 to help hungry Iowans November 21, 2013

STAR 102.5’s 23rd annual Combat Hunger food drive kicks off tomorrow at 12th & Locust Street in downtown Des Moines benefiting the Food Bank of Iowa. Combat Hunger is Iowa’s largest community-wide food and fund drive providing hungry Iowans in need with food during the harsh winter months and increasing awareness of Iowa's critical hunger problem. This year, more than 200 businesses and schools are participating to help the Food Bank’s 375 partner agencies in 55 counties. To learn more, click here.

Fareway Stores donating 147,000 pounds of pasta to help hungry Iowans November 19, 2013

Fareway Stores, Inc. is helping to feed hungry Iowans with a donation of 147,000 pounds of pasta to the Iowa Food Bank Association. Pallets of pasta will be delivered to the Food Bank of Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. This donation will provide approximately 1,176,000 servings of pasta to children, families and seniors who are struggling with hunger throughout the state. For children, 1 in 5 does not have enough to eat. To learn more, click here.

Hy-Vee Stores to donate 1,000 turkeys to help Iowans in need this holiday seasonNovember 18, 2013

Hy-Vee Stores will be stopping by the Food Bank of Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. to deliver 1,000 turkeys to help hungry Iowans this holiday season. This donation is part of Hy-Vee’s initiative to deliver 10,000 turkeys to 10 cities in 10 days. To learn more, click here.

Iowa State University student-athletes aim to collect 10,000 lbs. of food at ISU vs. TCU homecoming game this Saturday, Nov. 9November 5, 2013

The Iowa State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a CyCans Food Drive this Saturday, Nov. 9, at the ISU vs. TCU homecoming football game benefiting the Food Bank of Iowa. The SAAC’s goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food. to learn more, click here.

October 2013

Food Bank of Iowa receives $25,000 Morgan Stanley grant to expand BackPack Program™October 31, 2013

The Food Bank of Iowa announced a $25,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its BackPack Program™, a child hunger initiative that helps to make sure kids are fed when they aren't in school. The Food Bank of Iowa’s BackPack Program™ is designed to lessen the consequence of chronic childhood hunger by providing a sack of kid-friendly foods to low-income elementary school children on weekends when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal program. To learn more, click here.

Food Bank of Iowa receives donation from the Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa October 30, 2013

Representatives from the Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa presented the Food Bank of Iowa with a donation of $647 and 1,307 lbs. of food from their annual event at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines this past July. The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa and the Food Bank of Iowa have had a long-standing relationship, committed to the mission of alleviating hunger through food distribution, partnership and education. To learn more, click here.

Hy-Vee and Tyson Foods Team Up to Fight Hunger October 11, 2013

Tyson Foods and Hy-Vee Stores are set to donate 30,000 pounds of chicken to the Food Bank of Iowa on Monday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m. as part of an effort to feed Iowans in need and promote public awareness of hunger in America. Governor Terry Branstad will speak during the media event as well as representatives from Tyson Foods, Hy-Vee and the Food Bank of Iowa. To learn more, click here.

September 2013

Signature HomeStyles host SHE and Food-raiser Event for the Food Bank of Iowa September 23, 2013

Signature HomeStyles is hosting a SHE event for area residents to help them transform their homes on Friday, Sept. 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Food Bank of Iowa, 2220 E. 17th Street, Des Moines. The entrance fee for this event is a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of Iowa. To learn more and RSVP today, click here.

The Grainger Foundation supports the Food Bank of Iowa September 23, 2013

The Grainger Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Food Bank of Iowa in support of its BackPack Program™. This donation was recommended by Timothy Peet, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Des Moines location. Grainger has been a part of the Des Moines business community for more than 80 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. To learn more, click here.

The Walmart Foundation awards $260,000 to local nonprofitsSeptember 11, 2013

On behalf of The Walmart Foundation and its Iowa State Giving Program, Walmart will award $260,000 to Iowa nonprofits including Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Food Bank of Iowa, The Heritage Agency, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Iowa Workforce Development Foundation. Food Bank of Iowa will be awarded a $75,000 Iowa State Giving grant and an additional Walmart Associate Choice award of $50,000 to fund its Red to Green program aimed at distributing more pounds of food per persons in poverty to help relieve the hungry in Iowa. To learn more, click here.

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