The Food Bank of Iowa is looking to help veterans in the pandemic

Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 9:03 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - About 5,000 families received donations from the Mega Food Bank distribution in Des Moines this year. 1 Out of every 5 of those families included a military veteran.

That’s according to Michelle Book, who is the CEO of the food bank of Iowa and she says that veterans now are less equipped to deal with a financial setback than those who served in world war II.

“Many of the people that serve today are going into service from lower-income families, they’re folks that may have not received higher education before they joined the armed forces and when they leave service they may not earn a higher earning wage.”

Book says she understands when it comes to veterans dealing with PTSD it’s harder for them to ask for help when needed, so the food banks have incorporated specific services just for them.

“In central Iowa, we have had veteran-specific distributions working with the veteran’s administration here in Polk County. we have done five moguls targeted specifically for veterans and only for veterans.”

She said she’s seen a 168 percent increase in veterans asking for food assistance in central Iowa going to their local affairs office and urges those who need it to do the same.

“If you are a veteran and you need help please contact The Food Bank of Iowa or contact your local Veteran’s Affairs office.”

You can find a Veteran’s Affairs Office and officer in all 99 counties in the state of Iowa.

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