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DES MOINES, Iowa – The summer months are typically a time of drought – not just for the land, but for food banks in Iowa. Food donations seem to dry up just as the demand increases, when kids are out of school and no longer receiving free or reduced-price lunches or breakfasts.

The Food Bank of Iowa serves a network of 280 organizations providing food to people in 42 counties. Executive Director Carey Miller says right now, they can't keep the shelves stocked.

"We are distributing every pound of food that comes into the facility. Almost as fast as it gets here, it goes right back out the door."

She says the agency just ended its fiscal year, and while the donation numbers sound impressive, there are more families in need than they can serve.

"We sent out 8.9 million pounds food this past year and we still don't have enough. If we had more, we would get more food to hungry families."

Miller says they not only take contributions of food, but they accept financial donations - which can be stretched to purchase important nutrition basics for distribution.




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