Community Coming Together To Feed Each Other During COVID-19 Pandemic 1

DES MOINES, Iowa – Food Banks across Iowa see increase in donations during coronavirus pandemic.

Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel donated 2,775 pounds of food to Des Moines Area Religious Council.

Prairie Meadows President and CEO Gary Palmer said, “We had a lot of perishable foods like eggs, milk and different
products and we shared it and didn’t want it to go to waste.”

DMRAC Communications Manager Luke Elzinga said
the donation went straight to its pantries.

“At this point we feel pretty confident that we’ll be able
to continue on getting food in and out through the pantry, it just may be not
certain items,” Elzinga said.

On Thursday, the Iowa Wild and its partner Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines made the decision to partner with the Food Bank of Iowa to help families affected by COVID-19 and create a community relief campaign.

The Iowa Wild said it would match all donations through the
first $1,000.

Iowa Wild President Todd Fredrickson said the organization raised over $6,000 within the first hour.

“These times they show resilience amongst everybody to say
hey what can I do, what’s my part. Obviously, we have a large audience and we’ve
got some tremendous fans that have been very supportive of us,” Fredrickson
said.

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Food Bank of Iowa Communications Manager Dylan Lampe said the
nonprofit has lessened its volunteer staff so there is less person-to-person
contact.

“We are also really focusing on creating food packs, and
those are around 20 pound worth of food in bags or boxes that we can set up and
deliver in a kind of a drive-through fashion where folks pull up to a site and
they pop their trunk. We got volunteers to put those boxes or bags in their
trunk so it minimizes the person-to-person contact,” Lampe said.

Elzinga said DMARC saw 96 new people using their pantry’s on
Tuesday.

“As of Tuesday’s numbers I guess we’ve seen a 33 percent
increase in food pantry use since March of last year at the same time,” Elzinga
said.

Elzinga said DMARC is taking extra precautions to make sure
its volunteers feel safe.

“The volunteer base is typically retired people, so when you’ve
got people’s ages 60 plus being at a higher risk and being told to take extra
precautions we’ve seen a lot of volunteers canceling,” Elzinga sais.

Both the Food Bank of Iowa and DMARC said cash donations is
better during the pandemic than food donations.

Loffredo Fresh Foods announced it will be distributing a mix of fresh produce, dairy and dry goods at no cost to people Friday, March 20th at 2:00 p.m. until supplies run out at the north parking lot of Wells Fargo Arena. It is located at 233 Center Street, Des Moines.

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