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More Iowans in Need of Food

November 13, 2008

Des Moines, IA – Food Banks statewide are all reporting increased demand, with more families asking for help because of the poor economy. It’s happening in small towns and big cities, leading to food banks statewide distributing far more than just a year ago.

The Des Moines Area Religious Council’s emergency food pantry has handed out 20 percent more than this time last year, according to its director, Jim Trotter.

“In the month of October 2008, we had a record month in terms of the amount of food that we put out. It was just a little under 115,000 items of food and there hasn’t been anything that has come close to that. “

Trotter believes all of the new faces are showing up at emergency pantries because food stamps just aren’t enough anymore.

“What’s happened, I think, with those families that are coming to us that maybe haven’t come to us in the past is that there's a possibility, because of the increased cost of food, that their food stamps aren’t stretching quite as far as they have in the past.”

Food banks are concerned there will not be enough food donations to meet the growing need, though for now, contributions of cash and food are keeping up with demand.

Dick Layman/Steve Powers, Public News Service - IA