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Iowa state lawmakers this year approved a $1 million matching appropriation for the state’s food banks, which now must raise $1 million in private funds to access the full amount.

AARP Iowa is encouraging Iowans to make a donation or give of their time and energy to help make a difference for Iowans who suffer every day from food insecurity.  Hunger affects 1 in 8 Iowans, nearly 400,000 Iowans, including more than 150,000 Iowans over age 50.

“We’re extremely pleased that Iowa leaders appoved up to one million dollars in state funds for hunger relief for Iowans,” said AARP Iowa State President Tony Vola.  “Now it’s up to everyone who can to donate to ensure that we can make the match so that as many Iowans can benefit from access to food relief support and we begin to reduce the incidence of food insecurity in our state.”

One of the easiest ways to donate is to visit the virtual food drive website AARP Foundation helped create to serve food banks across the state at www.iowafooddrive.com.  All funds received will count towards the $1 million match goal, and every dollar donated can help provide up to $4 in food relief.

For more information, or to get involved by volunteering for hunger relief in your area, contact your local area food bank, call AARP Iowa toll-free at 1-866-554-5378, or contact the the Iowa Food Bank Association at 319-234-0776.  For more on the Iowa Food Bank Association and and their affiliated agencies, visit www.iowafba.org.