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A Hunger Free Iowa

When Covid-19 hit, Iowa DHS took a look at food insecurity and saw it fit to increase SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, to the maximum allowable per household. This meant that those relying on SNAP received a minimum of $95 more than they were pre-pandemic. This made a huge impact each month and relieved the stress of worrying about food insecurity. As of April 2022, SNAP benefits have gone back down to rates pre-pandemic while food prices are still ascending. In the past month, we have noticed food insecurity in our home on the rise. The number of individuals signing up for food recovery has doubled, and sometimes tripled, since the decrease in benefits. While there has been an increase in our sign-up lists, there has been a significant decrease in the amount of food we are receiving.

We need your help to ensure our residents are receiving the food they need to be successful. We are needing quick and accessible meals to offer residents on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s for food recovery. Making peanut butter and jelly, meat and cheese, or any other sandwiches is a great way to support our folks who are signing up to receive food on these days.

To register for this opportunity, visit our volunteer portal: https://dmymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/30

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About YMCA Supportive Housing Campus

Location:

2 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, US

Mission Statement

Y Supportive Housing is a community solution to help eliminate homelessness by providing Hope, Dignity, and Support in the form of permanent supportive housing. This Housing First Model helps people who are homeless (or who are at-risk of homelessness) move into stable and secure permanent housing supplemented by supportive services. Case management, transportation assistance, food/clothing/hygiene pantries, rental assistance, and other services help people meet their basic needs and reach their life goals. The campus provides a place to call home for 140 men and women. The constant wait list demonstrates the need for affordable housing in the community.

Description

Our belief that everyone is worthy to live a life of meaning guides everything we do; YOU make a difference in the lives of so many by supporting us in this important work!

We provide a place to call home for 140 men and women who are transitioning out of homelessness and into a life of safety and stability. When asking our residents what home at the YSHC means to them, this is what they shared...

"A place that I am safe and comfortable. The YSHC provides that for me. No one being able to just walk in makes me feel safe from the demons in my past. Controlling my own heat and air is very comforting." - Mary, a resident of the YSHC

"A home to me means that it’s the most peaceful and safe place to live. It is something I have lost before because of the choices I made. I believe that’s why I have an appreciation for the home I have at the YSHC. I would also like to say thank you to all the staff and volunteers. It means a great deal that people care and want you to succeed. I can say I have a home and a village all under the same roof." - Kent, a resident of the YSHC

Volunteers are essential to ensuring that we are able to carry out our mission to provide hope, dignity and support to those who call the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus their home. With so many different ways to volunteer... you can start making a difference today!

CAUSE AREAS

Homeless & Housing
Hunger
Homeless & Housing, Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2 SW 9th StreetDes Moines, IA 50309

(41.58234,-93.62791)
 

SKILLS

  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food & Beverage Services
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Food Service

GOOD FOR

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REQUIREMENTS

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