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 340,000 Iowans, approximately 10.9% of the population, are food insecure, or struggle with hunger. The 340,000 individuals missed more than 65,000,000 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. These individuals often go days or weeks without knowing where or how they will receive their next meal. Hunger is a foundational element for success.
Better nourishment benefits every facet of life:
- At school: performance indicators improve, absenteeism is reduced, behavior improves and retention improves
- At work: productivity increases, absenteeism is reduced, and the workforce is stronger
- Nutrition contributes to improved overall health, which reduces healthcare costs for nutrition related and impacted diseases
When Iowans are nourished, Iowa is stronger.
Hunger exists in each of the 99 counties in Iowa and the first step in alleviating hunger is understanding who is hungry and how hunger affects their lives. Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) hopes to educate and inform legislators, hunger advocates and community members about hunger, and begin the process of creating strategies to address the issue. Addressing hunger requires the collaboration of all - public and private.
To become a grassroots advocate, register at www.feedingamerica.org