New Funds Will Increase Access to Local Foods

Allamakee New Beginnings (ANB) has established three new funds to increase access of locally-grown and processed foods in northeast Iowa.

 

ANB is the non-profit sponsor of the Iowa Food Hub (IFH).  IFH unites the mission and vision of its partners by buying food from local farmers and selling it and delivering it to the places where most people get their food, like school food service and grocery stores.

 

IFH programming focuses on small and medium-sized farm viability, food access and equality, local economic development, job creation and retention, beginning and established farmers, and food system research and education.

 

The three funds were created to facilitate community investment in the regional food system.

 

Contributions to the “Food for All Fund” will be directed toward the EBT (food stamp) matching program.  IFH coordinates a worksite/school grocery food box delivery program in the region.  Customers using EBT benefits receive their food box at half price because of the donations to this fund.   This fund was started with a grant from the Allamakee County Community Foundation.

 

Contributions to the “Farm to School Fund” will be directed toward schools specified by the donor, to assist with purchases of local pork and beef for school meals.

 

Contributions to the “Infrastructure Fund” will be directed toward the installation and maintenance of coolers and freezers at Iowa Food Hub’s new location in Decorah.  IFH is currently raising funds for the $70,000 project.

 

ANB is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to reducing the effects of poverty in NE Iowa. All contributions are tax-deductible.   For more information, visit www.iowafoodhub.com or call Teresa Wiemerslage, 563-794-0599.

 

 

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