MICA food pantries in Story, Hardin and Poweshiek counties are asking the community to consider donating extra food and funds during the summer. Summer is a particularly difficult time of year for food pantries, when donations are slow and demand increases. Without school-provided meals, local low-income families need significantly more assistance during the summer to keep food on the table for their children. According to No Kid Hungry, a national anti-hunger organization, only one in seven children who receive free or reduced-priced school lunches receive summer meals.

MICA’s food pantries have helped keep 897 individuals in Hardin county, 1,206 individuals in Poweshiek county and 3,303 individuals in Story county from going hungry since last October alone. But we can’t do it without the assistance of the community, both in donated food and funds.

Some of the most needed food items include cereal, pasta, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals such as soup, pasta and chili, juice, peanut butter, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken, turkey) and canned or dry beans. Toiletries, diapers and other non-food necessities are also helpful for families in need. Even a small donation can make a huge difference for a family in crisis.

If you have any questions about the food pantries or are in need of assistance, please contact your local MICA family development center.