As food insecurity continues to grow, Food Bank of Iowa has launched Hunger Free Holidays, a fundraising campaign to fight hunger in Iowa. The goal is to raise $1 million, which will create up to four million meals.
According to Feeding America and McKinsey Consulting, food insecurity has doubled since January 2020. For households with children, it has tripled.
“Not knowing where to find a meal is awful any day of the year, but it is particularly tough during the holidays. This year is especially harsh, with high unemployment and thousands facing the fear of scarcity and hunger for the first time,” Michelle Book, CEO of Food Bank of Iowa, said in a release. “If you are in the position where you could help another family, please consider joining the fight against hunger this holiday season—there is no greater gift.”
To date, the Food Bank of Iowa has partnered with a handful of other organizations, including KCCI, Wells Fargo and F&G Annuities and Life, for various pledge drives and donations for the campaign. Donations can be made at foodbankiowa.org.
Iowa Stops Hunger is a yearlong Business Publications Corporation initiative to bring awareness and action to food insecurity in Iowa.