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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 I thought this organization served primarily the disabled and homeless. While those populations do comprise a portion of our clients, I now know the majority of the people we serve are working — the working poor. After reflection, I realized that during challenging times in my life, I was close to being in their shoes.

While the 2008 recession turned around for many of us, finances did not improve for those on the lower rung of the ladder. It’s true that Iowa’s unemployment and underemployment rates are at all-time lows. It is also true that our state productivity growth rate is the lowest it has been in 10 years. Without gains in productivity, employers are unable to increase wages.

With the cost of living continuing to rise and without an increase in wages, many Iowans are struggling. The increasingly high costs of housing, daycare, transportation, healthcare, and mental health services cannot be absorbed in the absence of an adequate living wage.

Iowa depends on agriculture. The agricultural sector is now in its eighth year of downturn, with trade wars placing additional pressure on an already precarious economy.

Food insecurity is real. It is in plain sight — behind you at church, next to your child in class, and just a booth away at the diner. Be aware of food insecurity and mindful that your neighbors at times may be in need of a little help. Support your local food pantry and the Food Bank of Iowa. Volunteer, donate, advocate, and visit. With your help, we can truly make a difference.


Michelle Book
President & CEO
Food Bank of Iowa

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