Law Enforcement Officers Helping Hungry Iowans

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Law enforcement officers pack food for hungry Iowans. (WHO-HD)

Law enforcement officers pack food for hungry Iowans. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Some officers want to make sure Iowans have enough to eat during the holiday — and every day.

The “Arresting Hunger” event began last year, when a State Trooper decided to collect money to donate food in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

“You don’t know those families out there that are food insecure and when you show up at their doorsteps and the people are elated that you’ve taken the time to do this, it’s just really rewarding,” said Sgt. Nathan Ludwig.

This year, the agency got the Des Moines Police Department and the Food Bank of Iowa involved. Officers spent the morning packing boxes full of food. They’ll go out Monday, just in time for Thanksgiving.

“The State Troopers, Des Moines Police, will be busy all day today delivering meals to about 150 families that otherwise wouldn’t be waking up to the smell of turkey on Thanksgiving,” said Michelle Book with the Food Bank of Iowa.

Thirty to 40 officers participated in the event.