As a result of record high unemployment and positive COVID-19 cases continuing to grow across northeast Iowa, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank continues to combat rumors surrounding their food supply and more specifically the food supply of the Cedar Valley Food Pantry.

So, let's get right to the question and short answer: Has the Food Bank's food supply run dry?

In a press release, Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Barb Prather said:

  “We have not run out of food and we don’t anticipate that happening anytime soon.”

In fact, the Food Bank notes that, it’s not uncommon to see an individual or family take home 100 pound of groceries. Prather went on to say, “As long as the generosity of northeast Iowans continue, I’m confident in our team’s ability to secure, store, and distribute food to families in need, throughout northeast Iowa.

Courtesy - NE IA Food Bank
Courtesy - NE IA Food Bank

For Black Hawk county residents, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank’s Cedar Valley Food Pantry is open and available to anyone in need of food. People can drive up, get checked in, and their vehicles will be loaded with food by staff and volunteers. Participants are asked to stay in their vehicles, and do not need to schedule their monthly visit. The Cedar Valley Food Pantry is open: Monday-Thursday, 9AM-3PM, and Friday from 9AM-12PM.

For individuals across northeast Iowa, the Northeast Iowa Food Pantry released a map of the programs and partnerships that are still operating. The map is updated regularly and can be found here. If you have questions surrounding how to receive food-assistance, call 319-235-0507 or to visit their website

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