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Food Bank of Iowa continues to set records as need rises

Emily Shearer Food Bank of Iowa
Emily Shearer, food acquisition manager, unloads a donation of pork at the Food Bank of Iowa warehouse. Photo contributed by Food Bank of Iowa.

The Food Bank of Iowa set another record for the number of people it served in January, the organization reported Monday. According to a news release, Food Bank of Iowa and its partners in 55 counties served 165,655 people in January. That breaks the previous record of 151,282 people served in October. Food Bank of Iowa also set a record for the number of children served in January at 72,044, surpassing the previous record of 68,554 in November. Nearly half of those receiving assistance through the Food Bank of Iowa and its partners are children. According to the release, a decrease in USDA commodities and retail donations is causing the Food Bank of Iowa to purchase about half of its inventory with donor money. Officials with the Food Bank of Iowa say inflation and rising food prices continue to fuel the food insecurity crisis and the demand for assistance.

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