Helping Food-Insecure Iowans
Nearly 9,000 Pounds Donated in 2019!
COVID-19 response: Now more than ever, our food-insecure friends and neighbors need access to fresh produce. Volunteers are still needed to plant, tend and harvest this year’s goal of 5,000 pounds of sweet potatoes. We’ve adapted to social distancing guidelines and are welcoming volunteers to plant on Friday, May 29. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Email Lisa for details or call 641.337.5019.
In 2019, WCI grew and donated more than 8,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 800 pounds of apples from its “Garden for Good”! More than 135 volunteers of all ages donated 535 hours to plant, tend and harvest this amazing crop.
One out of every 8 Iowans is food insecure. With our long history of producing sustainably-grown produce, WCI is in a unique position to help meet this critical need. The Food Bank of Iowa distributed the sweet potatoes throughout its network of 55 Iowa counties. After volunteers from Eat Greater Des Moines picked and sorted apples, DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council) delivered them to its food pantries in Des Moines.
Our “Garden for Good” helps food-insecure Iowans access more locally-grown produce and eat more healthfully. If you’d like to financially support this effort, contact Ann or make a direct contribution through out Donate page. Thank you!
“Iowans struggling with food insecurity have a lot of trouble getting access to fresh, nutritious produce, due to its cost. When WCI donates sweet potatoes to the Food Bank of Iowa, they’re helping us ensure that our neighbors in need can maintain a wholesome diet.” –Emily Shearer, Food Bank of Iowa