Seida Community Action and Amerigroup team up for a diaper packing event

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 11:10 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Throughout the month of October Sieda Community Action and Amerigroup Iowa are partnering up with Hyvee stores in Ottumwa for diaper drive donations to support low-income families. On Thursday both organizations came together with several volunteers for a diaper packing event.

Additionally, Amerigroup Iowa President Jeff Jones presented a donation to support the pantry. “On behalf of Amerigroup and everyone in our organization, we are very proud to present to you the $10,000 donation to support the diaper pantry for many low-income families to make it through the struggle throughout this pandemic,” says Jones. An additional $5,000 was donated from Amerigroup to the Hiney Heroes Diaper Bank and Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank for families across the state.

Senator Joni Ernst and Representative Marianette Miller-Meeks also attended Thursday’s diaper packing event at Sieda in Ottumwa.

Both shared their thoughts on what could be done to improve the economy for low-income families and the steps they’ve taken to make that change. Miller-Meeks suggests a closer look into federal spending. “I really do think it’s important we look at our federal government spending and prioritize those programs and those agencies and funding streams that are already in place, and look carefully what we do with new spending and new programs,” says Miller-Meeks.

Ernst says she has taken steps by joining forces with another fellow Senator.

“An initiative that Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and I have joined together on is providing support through a social services block grant of $200,000,000 that would go towards meeting America’s diaper needs and it would support events like this diaper bank here today,” says Ernst.

At the end of October, participating Hyvee stores will take registered donations to purchase diapers for the cause.

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