Local Rotarians Answer Iowa Food Bank Call for Help with $24,000
By: Iowa Rotary District 5970
"In times like this, I couldn't be more proud to be part of an organization that has, since its inception, had a mission of service above self, and a heart to serve those in need in our communities."
The Rotary Foundation funding comes from previous gifts by Rotarians and other interested citizens all over the world. "To date, we are one of 40 Districts, out of 535, worldwide to receive this grant." says Bell. "The Iowa Rotary District 5970 covers essentially the North half of Iowa, in which we have 51 clubs including nine in Linn County." The District allowed those clubs to apply for $1000 each (of the total grant) to support COVID-19 needs in their communities. To date, 24 of those clubs have elected to send their funding to the Iowa Food Banks to support their fellow Iowans.
"During these unprecedented times, the Food Banks serving Iowans have been notably affected with an increased need for food by more Iowans along with many challenges. The generosity of Rotarians across the state are deeply appreciated to help nourish hungry Iowans." shared Linda Gorkow, of Iowa Food Bank Association.
The economic hardships Iowans are facing due to COVID-19 are creating challenges for the food banks with the supply as well as demand. Food banks and their partner agencies have been ordering more than double the amount of food compared to distribution numbers prior to the worldwide crisis.
"I am humbled and overjoyed by the Rotarian's willingness to help the food banks and pantries serving food insecure Iowans. I send a heartfelt thank you to each local Rotarian. You have made a difference in the life of another Iowan." adds Gorkow.
The Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) is a collaboration of Feeding America food banks and affiliates that serve each of Iowa's 99 counties. For more information visit, https://www.iowafba.org/
Michele Bell, District Governor 2019-2020