Why Hunger?
43,430 people in northeast Iowa are food-insecure. 13,680 are children.
It's not hard to see how underemployment, stagnant wages and rising rising costs of living directly influence those who experience hunger. In fact, it is estimated that we serve 5,800 different people each week through the services we provide. Those are seniors, children, families, students, neighbors, friends and family members.

An estimated 62 percent of households reported that they had to choose between paying for food and utilities in the past 12 months

An estimated 70 percent of households reported using multiple strategies for getting enough food in the past 12 months including eating food past its expiration date, growing food in a garden, pawning or selling personal property, and watering down food or drinks..

Nearly 35% eat food past the expiration date.

Nearly 20% pawned something to get enough food to eat.

23% water down food or drinks

Many hungry families face tough choices every day.
Imagine that you had just enough money to buy food for the week, with nothing left over to pay your utility bills or buy bus fare to get to work.
With our most recent Hunger Study we sought out to learn more about how hunger is impacting those that we serve. The results were telling.
🏠Hunger In Your Neighborhood

No community is exempt from struggling with hunger. Since federal nutrition programs don’t reach everyone in need, food banks like ours help fill the gap for thousands of people each year. Learn more about hunger in your community by exploring our interactive County Hunger Summary map below. Additionally, you can find, download and print our County Hunger Summaries below.