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Food For the Hungry

Because So Much Is Riding On Your Food For the Hungry

Iowa bill would go backward on ending hunger


Jan 24, 2023 #Bill, #hunger, #Iowa
  • Emily Shearer is the food acquisition manager for Food Bank of Iowa.

It’s a weird thing to work to put yourself out of a job. But each day at Food Bank of Iowa, I source food to ensure Iowans facing food insecurity in 55 counties have something to put on their plates. I buy from vendors — both local and national; I order food available through TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program); and I ask donors — a lot — for wholesome food that’s unsaleable.

I don’t envision always doing this work. I look forward to the day when people are paid a living wage, able to afford a roof over their heads, and can rely on a full plate of food — for every meal. While I do this work, though, I want to make an impact.  

The first line of defense in reducing food insecurity has been, and continues to be, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP allows approved participants to purchase a set dollar amount of food at the grocery store. They currently have the option to choose staples including meat, cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, soup and pasta sauce.


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