DES MOINES, Iowa — More Iowans are helping feed people in our state.
The Food Bank of Iowa says it distributed a record 11-million pounds of food, which is a 17-percent increase over the last fiscal year.
The Food Bank also saw an increase in its backpack program serving 4,000 kids per week.
Next year the Food Bank expects to add an additional 500 kids per week.
Meanwhile, volunteers are helping feed people around the world. Thursday is day two of packaging food for Meals from the Heartland’s “Hunger Fight” at Hy-Vee Hall.
Meals include rice, protein, vegetables and vitamins.
In just the first day, volunteers packaged just over one-million meals.
This year’s goal is too package more than five million.