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Legislative Candidate Responses to Sales Tax Exemption

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River Bend Foodbank, along with other food banks in Iowa, remains liable for sales tax under current Iowa legislation. Each year, the Foodbank pays $25,000 in sales tax, funding that could instead provide 125,000 meals to people in need. River Bend Foodbank has advocated for years for a sales tax exemption to be adopted for food banks in Iowa. Earlier in 2020, the measure passed in the House but not in the Senate. Because of the heavy need for food banks across the state during the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds is officially on record now supporting a sales tax exemption for Iowa’s food banks. Ahead of the 2020 election, River Bend Foodbank polled Iowa legislative candidates, and…

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Sales Tax Exemption

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When River Bend Foodbank relocated from Moline to Davenport in 2014, we lost our sales tax exemption. Instead of each $1 providing 5 meals for people who are hungry, we now pay $25,000 of your contributions each year to the State of Iowa, taxes on the boxes, fuel, office supplies, and other things needed to support charitable food distribution. Those funds could instead provide 125,000 meals. One food bank was already made exempt, but the 4 of us who are not pay $186,000 in sales taxes, which could instead provide 1 million meals for hungry Iowans. That amount is a drop in the bucket of the Iowa General Fund, and it should be a priority for state legislators to feed…

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Happy Holidays!

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All of us at River Bend Foodbank wish you and your family a joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year! We are so grateful to all of our donors, supporters, and volunteers. Without you, we never could have achieved so much this year. TOGETHER, we’ve fed thousands of children, seniors, and families in need across our community. Through your kindness and generosity, we will continue to to be there to feed hungry neighbors in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. From all of us at River Bend Foodbank, we wish you a happy and healthy 2020.

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River Bend Foodbank Doubles Distribution

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River Bend Foodbank announced that our community has reached a historic milestone in our mission to close the meal gap in eastern Iowa and western Illinois by surpassing 15 million meals. Currently, in the counties served by River Bend Foodbank, 120,930 people are missing 20.7 million meals. This equates to 1 in 8 people and 1 in 5 children. But with renewed commitment and the incredible contributions of our community partners, we are getting closer to making sure that those in need no longer go hungry. Here is what has changed: • 2014: 7.3 million meals were distributed in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. • 2015: The River Bend Board of Directors set a strategic goal to triple that distribution over…

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Summer Meals

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For some kids, summer means no school and no worries, but for others it means not enough food to eat. We have multiple locations in our service area where ages 0-18 can eat free this summer. Bradford Grade School 345 Silver St. Bradford, IL Serving: May 29th – June 29th Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 am – 11:30 am Maple Lane Apartments 2101 Wacker Rd. Savanna, IL Serving: June 4th – August 10th Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 am – Noon Hanover Twp. Park District 500 Fillmore St. Hanover, IL Serving: June 18th – August 10th Monday – Friday 11:30 am – Noon Illinois Valley YMCA 300 Walnut St. Peru, IL Serving: June 4th – August 10th Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm La…

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