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Hunger Relief Work During the Pandemic: Private & Public Collaborations Feed Hope

SESSION DESCRIPTION
As Iowa and our entire nation began to feel the effects of COVID-19 in early March, hunger-fighting leaders across the state mobilized with national, state, and local partners to begin a responding to the increased need across Iowa 

Together the Feeding Iowans Task Force led by Lt Governor Adam Gregg and other organizations worked to bolster charitable feeding programs and social safety net programs to respond to greater need.  Unique partnerships and programs to help feed Iowans across the state will be highlighted.

In addition to focusing efforts to immediate needs, planning included  it’s also important that we provide evidence around the impact of COVID-19 on the individuals and families we serve, many of whom may be coming to seek food for the first time. Sharing Feeding America data, as well as key metrics from across the state, are essential to track need as well as assessing the work being done to serve the need in Iowa, so we can make better-informed decisions in the future. 

The session will also discuss what effects of the Pandemic on vulnerable populations as well as the longer-term effects of COVID-19 in Iowa. 


ACTION ITEMS
Apply and expand work to reduce barriers and increase food access to Iowans.


ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Iowa Food Bank Association
The mission of the Iowa Food Bank Association is to support the Feeding America food banks and their affiliates serving Iowa in their work to ensure that sufficient food is accessible to all.

Collaborative efforts allow food banks to become more efficient and effective in serving hungry Iowans.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


RESOURCES
This session highlighted the unique partnerships and programs that are helping to feed Iowans across the state. Click the links below to read more about these various programs:


PANELISTS

     

Adam Gregg
Lieutenant Governor
State of Iowa

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Linda Gorkow
Executive Director
Iowa Food Bank Association

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Julie Kenney
Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
State of Iowa

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Lori Williams
Operations Officer 
Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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