Food bank kicks off fall fundraiser
Food Bank of Southern Iowa’s fall fundraiser, Scan for the Holiday, is to raise awareness and funds to increase the food volume available to meet needs within its 13-county distribution area, including Jefferson and Van Buren counties.
The campaign, which runs from Friday through Nov. 22, is simple: Take a Scan for the Holiday card up to a Hy-Vee store cashier, state the amount of money you would like to donate and this donated amount will be added to your grocery bill. Scan for the Holiday cards will be available by the cash register.
Another option to help the food bank while in Hy-Vee is to pick up a prepackaged bag of food to be added to your grocery bill then donated to the food bank.
Donations also can be made by PayPal or credit card on the organization’s website at foodbankofsoutherniowa.org or mailed to Food Bank of Southern Iowa, P.O. Box 1294, Ottumwa 52501. If donating by check, note “Scan for the Holiday” on the memo line.
Volunteers are needed to help during the fundraiser, with the local Hy-Vee and food bank. Contact Maureen Myshock at the Food Bank of Southern Iowa by calling 641-682-3403 or emailing Maureen@lisco.com. Volunteers need to contact Food Bank of Southern Iowa; Hy-Vee cannot approve volunteers.
According to Myshock, the Food Bank of Southern Iowa is unable to currently meet the volume of food requested from its 160 agencies with winter coming.
“Federal, corporate and local donations have declined over the past year creating a need to fundraise to assist our less fortunate community members,” she said.
“Many of us feel the stress of the holidays shopping for needed food items to continue our family traditions,” Myshock continued. “Imagine not having enough food to provide or not knowing when the next nutritious meal for your family will be available; with one in five children and one in eight Iowans being food insecure. With your generous donation during the cold winter in January and February, food will be available for an isolated senior, homeless, disable, unemployed, family in crisis and youth to enjoy a nutritious meal.”