NEWS Food insecurity hits record numbers in US state of Iowa

Demand for Johnston Partnership merchandise is at an all-time high, while pantries scramble to supply after cutting ties with the Iowa Food Bank.

With grocery store budgets tight in Iowa, local food nonprofits say they’re seeing record demand for their services.

Des Moines sets food aid record

  • The Iowa Food Bank is one of the largest food providers in the region, breaking records by distributing nearly 2 million pounds of food in October, according to CEO Michelle Booker.
  • On November 1, the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s food pantry network broke a single-day record in the network’s 46-year history, with 15 pantries in the network helping 1,530 people in Polk County.
  • In October, DMARC assisted 19,385 people, a 63 percent increase over the previous year. Since May this year, the organization has served more than 15,000 people each month.

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