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River Bend Foodbank Gets by with a Lot of Help from Friends – Especially in 2020

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The River Bend Foodbank’s community partnerships have never been as important as they have been this year. In the face of turmoil, friends in all forms stepped up, and River Bend Foodbank is sincerely thankful. We’ve had families host special fundraisers, employees from companies across the region volunteer, and thousands more gave for the first time, or the 10th time, in support of River Bend Foodbank’s mission. The community was an integral link in the chain that helped nearly 160,000 people in need in 2020. Due to the pandemic and economic downturn, the Foodbank’s capacity is being tested, as we experience spikes in food costs, supply chain disruptions, and limitations for volunteer support, all while the number of people facing…

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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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River Bend Foodbank relies on the generosity of its supporters to help fight hunger in eastern lowa and western Illinois. Each year, over 22 million meals are missed in our service area. Your financial support is essential to bridging the meal gap in our community.

 

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are crucial to the operation of River Bend Foodbank. Without volunteers, it would not be possible to collect, sort, and repack all of the food that comes through our warehouse every day as well as distribute food through our various programs. Together we can solve hunger™.

 

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If you or a loved one is hungry, please let us help you. Use our website to locate a food pantry or meal site in your area.