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Northeast Iowa Food Bank receives large grant from Tyson Foods

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Northeast Iowa Food Bank volunteers from First United Methodist Church in Waterloo repack bulk containers of crackers to be distributed in consumable portions. Northeast Iowa Food Bank volunteers from First United Methodist Church in Waterloo repack bulk containers of crackers to be distributed in consumable portions.

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank has received an $80,000 grant from Tyson Foods.  The company announced today nearly $1.2 million in grants to 18 Feeding America food banks in 15 states.

The grant was rewarded to the food bank for refrigeration renovation.  It will enable the food bank to add a cold and frozen protein re-packaging upgrade to their Waterloo facility.  Once renovations are complete, the food bank expects to repack approximately 240,000 pounds of protein in the first year alone.

“One of the most requested items the Northeast Iowa Food Bank receives from both our member agencies and the clients we serve, is protein,” said Barbara Prather, Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. “The addition of the cold room to our facility will enable us to repackage bulk meat product and distribute it more readily to people in need through our member agencies and programs. Tyson Foods’ partnership with the food bank is once again enabling us to build capacity and help us work to close the meal gap.”

The grant will also allow them to deliver more cold protein sources, like meat, eggs and cheese, to those with food insecurity in northeast Iowa.

In total, the investments from Tyson Foods represent approximately four-million pounds of food, or the equivalent of 16-million servings of protein, that will be distributed to address food insecurity across the country.

Learn more about the Northeast Iowa Food Bank on their website.

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