Feeding the hungry at home and abroad

Students from Graceland University and Iowa State University (ISU) packaged macaroni and cheese meals last week at the Iowa Hunger Summit. Photo by Gary Fandel
photo by Gary Fandel

In a country of abundance, and in a state with such incredible ag productivity, it’s difficult to imagine that anyone in America or in Iowa goes hungry.

Yet nearly one in eight Iowans, or nearly 400,000 people, struggle with food insecurity, according to Feeding America. Even more startling, more than one in five Iowa children live in food insecure households, where they often face empty cupboards and don’t have enough to eat.

Last month, the Iowa Hunger Summit celebrated its 10th anniversary helping to raise awareness and find solutions to the problem of food insecurity both here in Iowa and...

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