Across Iowa’s 99 counties, 324 grants totaling just over $3.45M were awarded to Feeding America partner pantries and feeding sites to mitigate additional costs incurred by front-line food assistance providers who responded to unusually high demand during the COVID-19 food insecurity crisis.
In Jefferson County, two partners received grants totaling $6,181 to help meet that increased demand, those two being the Fairfield Community School District food Pantry and Fairfield First United Methodist Church.
The grants were Made possible by CARES Act funding and were administered by the Iowa Food Bank Association. The organization is made up of the six food banks that serve every Iowa county and include more than 1,200 partners such as pantries and meal sites.
According to Feeding America, food insecurity exploded due to the economic fallout of the pandemic, initially impacting one in four Iowans. Even as vaccinations start to slow the spread of COVID across the State, a high level of food insecurity persists, as one child out of five relies on some form of food assistance.
Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa CEO said they served an additional 220,000 Iowans, moving 25 percent more pounds of food in 2020.
Photo: (Members Of FCSD Food Service Team Providing Free Meals To Children 2-18)