Fareway Stores Inc. and Iowa Farm Bureau partnered together to donate 57,863 lbs. of ground protein to food banks across Iowa in the ‘Meat the Need’ campaign. For every 10 lb. tube of ground beef sold at Fareway Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, one pound of lean protein was donated to local food banks in partnership with the Iowa Food Bank Association and the Food Bank of Iowa.
The donation took place on Nov. 8 at the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines, with a representative from the Food Bank of Siouxland in attendance. Fareway CEO Reynolds Cramer, Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson, and food bank representatives spoke on the importance of local food donations, food insecurity challenges, and the important partnerships through the ‘Meat the Need’ campaign.
“Growing and raising the food that nourishes and sustains our communities is a source of tremendous pride for Iowa farmers,” says Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson. “Unfortunately, food insecurity is a challenge that impacts families in communities across the state, which is why Iowa Farm Bureau has proudly joined Fareway to help ‘Meat the Need’ by filling a semitruck trailer with lean, high-protein ground meat for statewide distribution to help our neighbors during a time of need.”
“We are proud to partner with Iowa Farm Bureau, the Food Bank of Iowa, and the Iowa Food Bank Association to help food banks across Iowa,” said Jeff Cook, Vice President of Market Operations for Fareway Stores. “Thank you to our generous customers for participating, Iowa stores and meat markets, and our partners at Iowa Farm Bureau for helping secure lean protein for local food banks going into the holiday seasons.”
“Ground beef and turkey are highly versatile, which our neighbors truly appreciate. With strong partners like Fareway, food banks across Iowa will make the fall holiday season better for those families seeking food assistance,” says Jacob Wanderscheid, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Siouxland.