Last month an organization that distributes food to many local agencies and organizations distributed more food in one month than ever before. The Food Bank of Iowa expects numbers to continue to rise due to the economic effects of COVID-19. During April Food Bank of Iowa distributed nearly 1.8 million pounds of food, a 31 percent increase compared to April last year. The organization provides food to Grace Church, Jasper County Elderly Nutrition, and the Salvation Army in Newton; Eastern Jasper Christian Food Pantry in Kellogg; Teen Challenge of the Midlands and the Colfax-Mingo Area Food Pantry in Colfax; and the PCM Food Pantry in Monroe. Michelle Book, president and CEO at Food Bank of Iowa, says there’s more work to be done as residents in their 55-county service area continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19.” She adds she’s grateful to the organization’s donors, volunteers, community partners and team for their efforts to get food out the door and into the hands of those in need. As the state’s largest hunger relief organization, Food Bank of Iowa has worked to shift their distribution model to include more mobile pantries and drive-through distributions to reduce person to person contact. At a time when resources are scarce, Book notes they need additional funds to help purchase more food and packing supplies to accommodate the new distribution efforts. The Food Bank of Iowa CEO says she knows the impacts from COVID-19 will be felt for a long time, and the Food Bank of Iowa will continue to need additional support.