Iowa Farmer Donating Sweet Corn to Food Banks

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KELLOGG, Iowa - A Central Iowa farmer is donating an acre of his sweet corn crop this summer to the eight food banks across the state.

The Iowa Food Bank Association announced Tuesday a partnership this summer with Jacob Van Manen, of J & E's Delicious Sweet Corn in Kellogg, providing one acre -- or about 500 dozen ears of sweet corn -- to Iowa food banks.

"I'm grateful to be a farmer in the heart of the nation's bread basket and so often take for granted the plentiful food we have," Van Manen said in a news release. "Not all families have that same assurance of knowing where their next meal will come from, which is why we're proud to take part in this project."

Volunteers can also sign up to help harvest the crop in mid-July, where they'll get a tour of the farm and learn about how it works.

"The most requested items in food pantries, are protein, fresh produce, fresh vegetables and dairy," said Iowa Food Bank Association executive director Cory Berkenes. "So, fresh sweet corn, is actually needed in food pantries, so why not make it a learning opportunity, make it a donating opportunity for a farmer."