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A little help from friends

Little free pantry
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation opened a Little Free Pantry in Riceville. Employees of Iowa Select Farms, a local pig farm, will keep the pantry stocked as needed to help families struggling with food insecurity. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Hunger impacts more Iowa families than most of us realize, particularly in rural communities, where the nearest grocery store may be a 20-minute drive away.

In the northeast Iowa town of Riceville, population 800 residents, a new Little Free Pantry sits out front of the library.

The Little Free Pantry, donated by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, is designed as a 24-7 supplement to the community’s food pantry if a local family has an immediate need for food or household supplies, explains Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms.

“You never know when a family is going to find themselves in an emergency situation. Maybe they are out of a job or their car has broken down. We’re just...




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