Team Fundraising Page of Stop Starvation: Miss Burlington’s Outstanding Teen 2019

Stop Starvation: Miss Burlington’s Outstanding Teen 2019

Stop Starvation: Miss Burlington’s Outstanding Teen 2019

Thank you for clicking on my link for the Food Bank of Iowa! Your support means so much to me as Miss Burlington's Outstanding Teen to help my community with an issue I care deeply about. Firstly, let me share with you some facts about hunger in Burlington. Feeding America's latest data on food insecure individuals in Des Moines County shows 13.4% of citizens do not have access to a reliable food source. In the state of Iowa 341,890 people go hungry on a regular basis. In the City of Burlington, only three food pantries are available. Food Insecurity is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." In 2020, on top of the challenges of poverty when considering the fight against hunger, we now face a worldwide pandemic. Closures and social distancing procedures limit already scarce food distribution centers' accessibility and with many people now being on leave from their jobs, affording food is even harder. School closures prevent some children from getting what would normally be the only food they have access to. Considering the general hardships in securing a reliable food source, stress and a lack of adequate nutrition in a pandemic situation only worsen problems- in fact, healthcare in Iowa costs on average $121 more for adults who are food secure versus those who have a reliable food source. Furthermore, insufficient meals lead to a higher chance of poor health and chronic diseases and increase the risk of contracting infections due to a weak immune system. So, where do you fit into this? Your donation helps the Food Bank of Iowa provide hunger relief in Iowa via a network of pantries across the state. During these times where we're dealing with COVID-19, Food Bank of Iowa is taking additional steps to ensure as many Iowans as possible get help. They've broadened their efforts by adding curbside pantry services, coordination with schools to offer meal pickups and packing emergency boxes for communities. Your donation helps keep these additional efforts running in this time of uncertainty! Together we can Stop Starvation in Burlington and beyond.

Stop Starvation: Miss Burlington’s Outstanding Teen 2019
Food Bank of Iowa - COVID-19

About This Campaign

Even as the economy begins to slowly reopen, we know the effects of COVID-19 will be felt long into the future and our neighbors will continue to need our help.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, Food Bank of Iowa distributed over 5,000 BackPack sacks each week and supplied over 100 school pantries with food to feed families in need. Many congregate meal sites have shuttered leaving seniors on fixed incomes without consistent access to food. And families will continue to have to make hard decisions as they try and get back on their feet.

Food Bank of Iowa will continue working hard to safely get food to our friends and neighbors in need. Unfortunately, we know the need for our services will continue to grow as Iowans get back to work, and there is a long road ahead.

We are grateful for your donations. Your support ensures Food Bank of Iowa can continue providing quality, nutritious food to Iowans in need – especially during these challenging times.

Thank you for continuing to help us help others.