Where does the Food Bank get its food?
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national Food Bank network, through which some food donations flow. National manufacturers along with local wholesalers, retailers, brokers and other food or food-related companies and organizations donate food and related products. These include packaged, canned, bottled, perishable and non-perishable foods and essential food products. Fresh produce is donated by the agricultural industry, and the Food Bank receives USDA commodities through the state. Finally, much of the shelf-stable foods the Food Bank distributes come through community food drives.
Stand-out food donors to the Food Bank include Hy-Vee, Fareway, Panera Bread, Kwik Star, Walmart, Target and Starbucks donate meat, deli, produce and prepared foods through our successful retail store donation program, which secures and distributes more than 1 million pounds of nutritious food annually.