Help the Hungry in Johnson County

Help the Hungry in Johnson County

July 15, 2020

Tagged As: Personal

The past few months have been difficult for many families in our community, which in turn puts a strain on the organizations that provide basic services to those most at-risk. Among those organizations are food pantries.

When school is out for summer, and possibly even longer due to COVID-19 closures, thousands of children in our community may have to skip meals they are used to getting at school during the year. In fact, nearly 3,000 children in Johnson County are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This is the equivalent of roughly eight elementary schools being filled exclusively with children experiencing food insecurity.

The CommUnity Food Bank, formerly The Crisis Center, distributes 106,000 pounds of food each month to help alleviate hunger in Johnson County; that’s nearly 1.3 million pounds annually! With the added demand this year, CommUnity’s annual Strike Out Hunger Summer Food Drive is even more important.

During Strike Out Hunger, CommUnity normally asks for donations of food and household items. However, due to COVID-19, they are currently unable to do so. This year, CommUnity is asking for your financial support to keep their shelves stocked for those most in need. 

Strike Out Hunger will run during the month of July to raise awareness of the problem of food insecurity and help CommUnity address the issue locally.

Donate to Strike Out Hunger here.

Did you know?

  • $35 feeds a family of five for one week
  • $50 feeds an elderly couple for one month
  • $110 feeds two children for two months
  • $250 feeds three children lunch everyday this summer

For those in Linn and Washington counties, consider donating to your local food pantries this summer. For more information, visit the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), The Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids, or your local food pantry.