Food Bank of Iowa gives out record amount of food in June

DES MOINES, Iowa- The Food Bank of Iowa has set a record for the amount of food distributed in one month, nearly two million pounds in the month of June.

President and CEO Michelle Book says it's the most amount of food they've distributed to their 55 county area, in the organization's history. She says the demand has been rising amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The June total is approximately 55% higher compared to June of 2019.

“There is absolutely more work to be done,” said Book. “The team at Food Bank of Iowa is working tirelessly to get more food out the door with the same amount of resources. We are so grateful to our donors, volunteers and community partners. We would not be able to get food into the hands of Iowans in need without their generous support.”

The Food Bank of Iowa has made a number of changes, due to the pandemic, including offering more mobile pantries and drive-through distributions to reduce person to person contact.

Book says they are preparing for elevated demand through next year as well.