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Northeast Iowa Food bank launches new program



Waterloo, IA (July 22, 2009) - The Northeast Iowa Food Bank in conjunction with Community Services Committee AFL-CIO, Iowa State Black Hawk County Extension, Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership, Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County and Cool Congregations has launched a new program as part of an effort to solicit donations of fresh, nutritious produce. The program is called Fresh Food for Families and its purpose is to encourage farmers and gardeners to plant extra produce and donate that produce to the Food Bank.   

Northeast Iowa Food Bank staff will assist with the pickup of large donations. Simply contact the Food Bank for pickup arrangements. Food Bank volunteers can also glean the fields of local farms after harvest as well. Churches that have space to grow vegetables can donate directly to the Food Bank. Produce donations will go to help feed the hungry in Black Hawk County.

"Fresh produce is a nutritious item that can be expensive for families on a fixed income. Fresh Food for Families hopes to make the community aware of the importance of produce donations to the Food Bank," explained Sheri Huber-Otting, Food Solicitor for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Program Coordinator for Fresh Food for Families. Last year, fresh produce donations from farmers markets, individuals and businesses totaled over 38,000 pounds. It is anticipated that the Fresh Food for Families program will further expand the amount of healthy produce donations.        

Produce donations can be dropped directly to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank or to Roots Market Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings. For more information about the Fresh Food for Families program contact Sheri Huber-Otting at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank at 319-235-0507 or visit the Food Bank's Web site at

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides nutritious food and grocery product, as well as hunger education, to approximately 200 nonprofit organizations who assist the hungry and individuals who need food assistance to sustain life.  Last year the Food Bank distributed more than 5 million pounds of food within the 16-county service area through the Cedar Valley Food Pantry, located at the warehouse site in Waterloo and other food pantries throughout 16 counties; through various programs that service hungry children and senior citizens including Operation Family Pack, Kids Cafe, Elderly Nutrition Services, and other organizations who need the services of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.


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