Hunger is a pressing issue in Iowa and the across the nation, and it is up to us to be advocates for food insecure individuals. In Iowa, 12.6%, or 389,250 Iowans, are food insecure, or struggle with hunger. These individuals often go days or weeks without knowing where or how they will receive their next meal.
The 389,250 individuals missed more than 68,000,000 meals in the past year. Many of those individuals were not eligible for any government assistance to support their household in their time of need. We must take action to serve these individuals.
Hunger exists in every county in Iowa, and as Governor Branstad stated during his 2015 Condition of the State address, “We know that by working together we can find a solution to any problem.” The first step in alleviating hunger is understanding who is hungry and how hunger affects their lives. IFBA hopes that public forums including legislators, hunger advocates and community members will allow you to learn more about hunger, and begin the process of creating strategies to address the issue. Addressing hunger requires the collaboration of all - public and private.
Hunger forums will be held in the following communities in the coming weeks. Click on the appropriate link below to register for one of the four Hunger Forums.
To become a grassroots advocate, register at www.feedingamerica.org