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Volunteers sought for hunger study

Apr 11, 2013

United Way of Wapello County and the Volunteer Center are seeking volunteers, including ones from Fairfield, for the Hunger in America study.

United Way of Wapello County is hosting volunteer training from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in Ottumwa. In addition to Fairfield, volunteers are needed in Burlington, Centerville, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa.

The Hunger in America study is a partnership between Feeding America and local affiliated food banks. The study began in 1993 and is conducted every four years. This year, the Food Bank of Southern Iowa is working with Feeding America to survey clients in its service area. United Way of Wapello County is working with the Food Bank to recruit and coordinate the volunteers needed to conduct a survey for the study.

The Hunger in America study is part of a broader strategy to alleviate hunger in the United States and the local area. The strategy includes the distribution of food and grocery products to people in need. It also includes addressing the problem of hunger in the long-term by increasing awareness among the public and by improving programs and policies that support low-income Americans.

The study uses face-to-face client interviews and surveys of local food pantries, kitchens and shelters. It captures detailed information about who is in need of emergency food assistance and their circumstances.

Volunteers will help clients at participating food agencies fill out the survey electronically.

To sign up for the training or for more information, contact Ali Wilson at 641-682-1264 or a.wilson@wapellocouw.org.

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