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The mission of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is to provide nutritious food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations and individuals in Northeast Iowa, while offering hunger education programs to the area and those in need.
Since 1981, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank has provided nutritious food and grocery products to individuals, families and non-profit organizations in Northeast Iowa. Our mission is accomplished through our 6 programs. The Cedar Valley Food Pantry provides food and grocery products to an average of nearly 1,200 families, on a monthly basis, in Black Hawk County. The Member Agency Distribution program provides food and grocery products to 200 qualified non-profit organizations in 16 Northeast Iowa counties. Last year we distributed over 5.2 million lbs. of product. Kids Cafe is an after-school meal program that not only provides a meal or snack for children, but also a safe place to go after school. Through this program, almost 40,000 meals and snacks are servied to children at five Black Hawk County locations annually. The Elderly Nutrition Box program (in collaboration with Hawkeye Valley, Northland and Elderbridge Area Agencies on Aging) provides supplemental food boxes and weekend bags to 1,700 seniors in 13 counties on a monthly basis. The backpack program, in collaboration with schools in 13 counties, provide backpacks of food to children in need. Each month, backpacks are distributed to almost 3,000 children at 87 sites. The mobile food pantry program works with communities that are under-served and provides food directly to needy indviduals in those areas. Each Mobile Food Pantry serves an average of nealy 100 households representing 250 individuals with 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of nutritious foods.
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