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More donations needed at food pantries during holidays

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HIAWATHA (KWWL) - With the holiday season upon us it's a busy time for eastern Iowa food pantries, so they're making sure their shelves are full so there's food on the table for families.

The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) tell us they serve seven counties.

Last year they distributed 2.7 million pounds of food, but HACAP food reservoir director, Amanda Pieper says they still have a long way to go.

"Specifically in our area one in four kids go hungry once a week or not knowing where their next meal is coming from, and one in five adults and seniors are in the same boat," says Pieper.

She says the donations still need to be coming in to help that need and to help break the barriers of poverty.

HACAP always see an influx in need for food during the holiday season, but this year that need increased and they're really not sure why.

"We're looking at moving roughly about 300,000 pounds out our doors and the month's not even over yet, so there's a large need, and there's a large need for food coming in as well," said Pieper.

They have been seeing donations pouring, from companies and corporations across the area.

"Go Daddy definitely fosters a culture of giving back and giving to our local communities," said Go Daddy employee relations specialist, Katherine Castillo. "So it means a lot that we're making a positive impact, especially to a local food pantry.

While HA CAP says food donations are especially needed during the holiday season, they say it's a need that spans all year long.
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