Hungry Iowans share their story through statewide paper plate campaign
Iowa Food Bank Association to deliver more than 1,000 paper plates to Capitol
Waterloo, IA, April 26, 2013 – The Iowa Food Bank Association will deliver more than 1,000 paper plates with personal handwritten stories about hunger to the House Leaders at the Capitol beginning next week.
As part of the IFBA’s statewide paper plate campaign, the eight Iowa food banks and their various agencies have been collecting personal stories of the more than 408,000 Iowans who are hungry. These individuals wrote messages on a paper plate about why they use the food bank, how hunger affects them, or what they want their elected officials to know about hunger.
One story from an unsigned plate reads, “I was kicked out of my home by my husband of 14 years. I left with my 2 children with clothes on our back. If it had not been for the food pantry, my children and I, we would have gone hungry.”
The goal of the campaign is to give a voice to those affected by hunger and to highlight the importance of the work of food banks and their agencies. In the words of one individual, “I give thanks every day for the food from the pantry.”
The campaign is part of the IFBA’s efforts to encourage the Iowa legislature to pass a state emergency food program. The bill has passed the Senate and now sits before the House. The program would bring more funds, more food, and greater purchasing power to food banks across the state.
Plate after plate reiterates that, without the food banks, pantries, and other agencies, individuals in Iowa would go hungry.
Another unsigned plate reads, “We lost our jobs. Both of us! Then we lost our home. If it wasn’t for the food pantry, we would have starved. We have 3 small children.”
The food banks participating in the campaign include: Food Bank for the Heartland, Food Bank of Iowa, Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc., Food Bank of Southern Iowa, HACAP Food Reservoir, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, and St. Stephen’s Food Bank. More than 50 agencies from around Iowa also participated in the campaign.
Combatting hunger is a statewide effort. To help your friends and neighbors, contact your elected officials and share with them the importance of a state emergency food program. Together, we can make a difference.
The Iowa Food Bank Association is a collaborative effort of the eight food banks in Iowa that serve all of its 99 counties. Association members include: Food Bank of Iowa, HACAP Food Reservoir, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, River Bend Food Bank, Food Bank of the Heartland, Food Bank of Southern Iowa, Food Bank of Siouxland and St. Stephen’s Food Bank. http://www.iowafba.org