Announcing A New Partnership With John Deere
June 12, 2019
Today we have announced a three year partnership and generous $1.5 million commitment from The John Deere Foundation and John Deere Waterloo Operations. The investment will be used to increase capacity, update infrastructure, and upgrade technology, allowing us to dramatically increase the quantity and quality of the services that we offer in our 16 county service area.
“We are extremely humbled to have The John Deere Foundation invest so generously into our organization’s mission. Investments like this will allow us to make incredible advancements in every facet of our operation,” stated Barbara Prather, the Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. “Opportunities like this are rare and exciting, and put us one step closer to Closing the Meal Gap in all of northeast Iowa’s 16 counties by 2025.”
In addition to receiving this major investment, we have also announced the new food insecurity rates for northeast Iowa. These new numbers show a 7.4 million meal gap, with 43,430 people at risk of going hungry in northeast Iowa, which equals 11.4% of all northeast Iowans. Of this total, 13,680 are children, representing 16.2% of all children in northeast Iowa.
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food and grocery products to about 200 nonprofit organizations and programs who assist the hungry and to individuals who are in need of food assistance to sustain life. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 6.7 million meals of food.
The Food Bank provides eight programs that serve the Community: Member Agency Distribution, Cedar Valley Food Pantry, the BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, Elderly Nutrition, Mobile Food Pantries, Summer Feeding and a Community Garden. Encompassing all eight of these programs is a commitment to nutrition education. The Food Bank is a member of the Iowa Food Bank Association and Feeding America. For more information, visit www.northeastiowafoodbank.org.