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Dubuque mobile food drive helps fight hunger

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The St. Stephen's Food Bank in Dubuque held its first Mobile Food Drive Saturday in Dubuque. The food drive offered struggling families the chance to pick up food from the food bank at a parking lot on Elm Street.

Kathy Hutton is the Director of the St. Stephen's Food Bank in Dubuque. She said people who wanted to receive food from the food bank on Saturday went through a registration process. She said food was only passed out to people who met certain guidelines such as the Supplemental Food Assistance Program.

Hutton said the idea for the mobile food drive came from other organizations in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Davenport.

William Brown gathered food for his family who was waiting at home. Brown is currently on disability and only works part time.

"The food means that I'm actually going to be able to eat and fed my son and support my family," Brown said.

Kashieka Carpenter-Traylor is in a similar situation. She said her family also struggles financially. She said the donated food means so much to her family. She said it will allow her to save some of her money.

"This means a lot. We are actually going to be able to make it to the next time we have to go out and buy groceries," said Carpenter-Traylor.

Nearly 14.5% of Americans live below the poverty line, according to figures announced in the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau.

Although the overall figure is slightly down from the 2012 levels, organizers at the St. Stephen's Food Bank said there is still more work to be done.

The St. Stephen's Food Bank passed our nearly 10,000 pounds worth of product to more than 100 people on Saturday.

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