YANKEE DOODLE: Food Bank Funding

Generic Terry Branstad

Governor Branstad says Iowa food banks will likely get more state funds this year.

The announcement came Monday morning while he was launching the Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger. The goal of the drive is to collect 30,000 pounds of food before the Yankee Doodle Pops Concert at the capitol on July 3.

In addition to the food collected, food banks will also get some help from taxpayer dollars.

The legislature approved $1-million in state funds to go to food banks this year, if private donors match that contribution.

Last year Governor Branstad vetoed $500,000 in food bank funding after it was approved by the legislature. He says the addition of the private match changed his mind this year. “This year, unlike last year, it is a one-time appropriation that’s being matched by at least as much in private sector contributions,” he explained.

You can donate non-perishable items at area Dahl’s or Bank of the West locations.

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