OUR PARTNER. Iowa Food Bank Association
Impact to date:
The Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) is a collaboration of the eight Feeding America food banks that serve all Iowa’s 99 counties. Together, the food banks serve over 1,000 non-profit organizations serving children, adults, and seniors. These organizations include food pantries, emergency meal sites, congregational meal sites, emergency shelters, and other sites that provide food to clients. As an association, the organization is coordinating efforts to alleviate hunger by supporting Feeding America food banks that serve Iowa.
FINNEGANS partnered with the Iowa Food Bank Association in 2015 and are excited to share another way to provide produce to local foodshelves.
Hunger in Iowa
One in eight Iowans are food insecure. The ratio for children are worse with one in every five Iowa children not having enough to eat. There are about 395,620 Iowans that live at or below the poverty level. In analyzing the data from Hunger in America 2014, they have found a wealth of information that better identifies and helps us to understand what hunger looks like. Of clients visiting their partner agencies and participating in their programs: 49% are children (0-17 years old) and seniors (age 60+); 29% of the seniors are caring for grandchildren. This percentage is significantly higher than the state average of 16%.