Help you can bank on

With many families now facing sudden financial uncertainty, area food banks remain an understanding and reliable source to provide balanced meals to those in need.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of area residents have faced job cuts or decreased pay. Betty Springer, Director of the Franklin County Community Food Pantry, said that once layoffs and reductions related to the pandemic increased, so did the traffic through the food bank located at 302 5th Ave. NE in Hampton.

“The first couple weeks, we had a lot with the layoffs and then it kind of evened out to a normal amount,” she said.

Springer added that the food pantry could very well serve 100 people in the month of April, nearly double the usual 50 per month average.

At the West Fork Food Bank, held at Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Pastor Kim Wills said that the pandemic has brought an influx of clients using th service. With 57 households and 180 people served in March, the church has had to send volunteers with trailers down to Foodbank of Iowa to meet additoinal demand.

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