Donate Food to Your Neighbors in Need

By Steve Dinnen

Many charitable organizations are putting out end-of-year pitches for monetary gifts. Hope Ministries would be happy with a plump Christmas ham.

To be fair, potatoes are also welcome. And ground beef, pork loin, bacon, milk, butter, eggs—pretty much anything you can put on a meal plate.

No one in Des Moines should go hungry. And yet that appears to be the case. Hope Ministries is working to tamp it down, with meals every day and a special service on Christmas Day that President and CEO Leon Negen said may reach as many as 3,000 people.

Hope Ministries will be collecting donations on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethel Mission, 1310 Sixth Ave. in Des Moines. There will be both walk-in and drive-through drop-off options.

Iowa Stops Hunger is a Business Publications Corp. initiative to raise awareness of hunger in Iowa and inspire action to combat it.

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