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Iowa Food Assistance Program Improved with Hotline

Many may be eligible for Iowa Food Assistance Program benefits but have not applied. The Iowa Food Bank Association is committed to making the Food Assistance application process easier. On October 5, 2015, the Iowa Food Bank Association Hotline launched. Those inquiring about benefits are able to speak with a specialist who can provide answers about eligibility and help in completing the lengthy application.

Since the Hotline’s launch, specialists have assisted completing and submitting over 190 applications. The Iowa Food Bank Association Hotline, 855-944-FOOD (3663), is staffed 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with additional assistance provided after hours on high-volume call days.

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Food Bank Receives Highest Rating

Food Bank for the Heartland has been honored with a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the seventh consecutive year. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest evaluator of charities. They provide ratings for over 5,000 American charities based on sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Only 2% of the charities rated have received 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations. Food Bank for the Heartland is proud to be recognized for continuing to offer excellent services as one of the most highly rated organizations in the country.

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Woodhouse Challenge VIII Raises over $1.2 Million

For the eighth year, the Woodhouse Auto Family challenged its employees and the community to raise funds for Food Bank for the Heartland’s BackPack program during the month of November; the response was overwhelming. A record $1,205,440 was raised by the Woodhouse Challenge, which is enough for 7,534 kids to participate in the BackPack program during the school year! The goal of helping 6,250 kids was far surpassed.

“Words cannot express our thanks to Lance and Becky Pittack for championing this cause,” said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO of the Food Bank.  “We are in awe of the culture within the Woodhouse Auto Family.  They have a deep desire to make a difference in our communities, and they have.  Woodhouse successfully rallied the public in an effort to help the thousands of children in our area who at-risk for hunger.”

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The Food Bank’s 35th Anniversary

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Food Bank for the Heartland

2016 marks Food Bank for the Heartland’s 35th anniversary! During our 35 years of serving the community, we have learned important lessons and impacted countless lives while remaining focused on providing food to those in need.

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Celebrity Chef 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Embassy Suites - La Vista 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE 68128

On March 2, 2017 guests were treated to an evening of food and fun at Food Bank for the Heartland’s 16th annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser. Presented by Conagra Brands with KETV serving as the media sponsor, Celebrity Chef was held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista. KETV Newswatch 7 anchor Alexandra Stone was the Celebrity Chef emcee.

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Wednesday, May 24

Looking for a great way to give back? Grab some friends and volunteer at the Food Bank!

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