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2016 River Bend Foodbank Agency Conference
On May 19th, our annual agency was held at conference at Stoney Creek Inn. In attendance were 269 attendees representing 120 of River Bend Foodbank’s Partner Agencies. Some of the topics presented were: food safety, using stories to engage volunteers and donors, and best practices for operating a food pantry. In addition, Mike Miller, Executive Director of River Bend Foodbank also updated our partners on the work that had been done in the past 12 months.
New Study: Food Insecurity Remains Historically High
At our 2016 Agency Conference we announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2016, an annual study by Feeding America that details food insecurity rates in every county and congressional district in the United States. The study reveals that 12 percent of the population in the 22-county area they serve is food insecure – 125,220 people, including 46,070 children.
Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Using county data from the five-year period of 2010 to 2014, Map the Meal Gap 2016 is the first Map the Meal Gap report with post-Great Recession county food-insecurity estimates.
“The Map the Meal Gap study confirms that there are still 1 in 8 people – and 1 in 5 children – who do not have access to enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle,” said Mike Miller, Executive Director of the River Bend Foodbank. “However, this community has pulled together to reduce the unmet need by almost 4 million meals. That is something to celebrate, as we continue to work together until no one goes hungry.”
This year’s report found that nearly 15 percent or approximately one in seven people in the United States struggles with hunger at some point during the year. While the rate has decreased since 2011, the prevalence of food insecurity across counties remains historically high since 2008, and has not yet returned to pre-Great Recession levels.
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Stamp Out Hunger
The National Association of Letter Carriers' 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held on Saturday, May 14th, in the Quad City area. *92,755 pounds of food was collected, which will provide 111,306 meals for hungry people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Thank you to the National Association of Letter Carriers and to everyone who donated food.*This is a preliminary number and will be updated as additional results are provided.
Recent Food Drives