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Mercy Hospital marks one year of battling food insecurity in Fayette County

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UPDATE: The mobile food pantry was able to serve 124 households. 61 volunteers showed up to serve the community, which is the most they've had. 

Fayette County will have a mobile food pantry today at the Oelwein Community Plaza beginning at 4:45 p.m. This will mark the 13th pantry since the first mobile food pantry in October 2015. 

Volunteers from Mercy Hospital, Oelwein Chamber and Area Development, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and community of Oelwein will provide food to those in need. 

The first mobile food pantry in October 2015 provided 285 individuals with food including protein, fresh fruit and vegetables. Volunteers have distributed nearly 82,000 pounds of food to an average of 123 households each month, and an average number of 268 individuals each month.

Fayette County is one of the most food insecure counties in northeast Iowa, with nearly 3,000 people unable to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe food.

Mercy Hospital partnered with the Oelwein Chamber and Northeast Iowa Food Bank to offer the mobile food pantry to families in the Fayette County area who qualify.

“Ensuring Fayette County residents had access to food became a top priority for us as we recognize the impact food has on a person’s overall health,” said Terri Derflinger, site administrator at Mercy Hospital. “Our associates and leaders quickly embraced this opportunity to serve, and look forward to continuing efforts to help more people.”

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