This summer, food insecure Iowans will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh produce as nearly 500 dozen ears of corn will be donated to families in need throughout central Iowa.
Iowa farmers are taking an active role in helping solve hunger. Jacob and Emily Van Manen of Kellogg, owners of J & E’s Delicious Sweet Corn, have stepped up to donate 500 dozen ears of corn this summer. The corn will be distributed through pantries, mobile food pantries, and the downtown produce stand on Euclid that serves 200 families each Wednesday.
The Iowa Food Bank Association is currently looking for volunteers to help harvest the sweet corn in mid- to late- July. Volunteers will have the opportunity to tour the Van Manen family farm and learn about farming in Iowa. This is a partnership between the Iowa Food Bank Association, Food Bank of Iowa, J & E’s Delicious Sweet Corn of Kellogg and the Iowa Food & Family Project.
“This is a great opportunity to link farming and food banks,” says Cory Berkenes, executive director of Iowa Food Bank Association. “We are looking forward to offering volunteers a chance to harvest sweet corn for hungry families while learning about an Iowa farm.”
Individuals interested in volunteering to harvest sweet corn should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.