About Hunger

Factoring in inflation, many families now earn less than they did before the Great Recession. Those who kept their jobs, or quickly found new ones after being let go, are no better off. (Sentier Research, 2014)

Finding it challenging to make ends meet, our clients have to make tough choices.  Listed below are stats from the 2014 Hunger Study in Northeast Iowa:

  • 57% of households have at least one employed member

  • 85% of clients have a high school degree or GED and 44% have some sort of post high school education

  • 34% are children under age 18

  • 10% are seniors age 60 and older

  • 48% have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty line

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Our Food Bank serves an average of 5,800 people per week. We distributed 7 million pounds or 5.8 million meals last year.

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The Food Bank’s own research has shown that 70 percent of its clients  use multiple methods for getting enough food which includes eating food past its expiration date, growing food in a garden, pawning or selling personal property, and watering down food or drinks.

We’ve responded by taking an interest in the health of our clients. Undernourished children are underperformers in school. Food-insecure seniors suffer worse health outcomes than seniors with regular access to healthful foods.

The result is a new, five-year strategic plan that focuses on these core strategies:

Lead the fight against hunger by advocating for those who may not have a voice

Feed our neighbors in need, providing both basic sustenance and sound nutrition

Strengthen our food assistance network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters