MUSCATINE, Iowa–Over the last three months, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many people’s work, creating financial difficulties for them. As COVID-19 continues to create food insecurity for families in need around Muscatine and beyond, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Muscatine took action to offset its effects. Concerned by the high impact of COVID-19 on area residents, especially Latinos (27% of confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred among Latinos, who make up only 6% of Iowa’s population) the organization donated 70 bags of food to families in Columbus Junction, a regional city impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak and temporary closure of Tyson Foods.
Using a grant from Ford Motor and LULAC’s national branch designated for local COVID-19 response efforts, LULAC Muscatine purchased 70 bags of groceries, each featuring a wide variety of foods, from Hy-Vee Muscatine. Each bag also included a Hy-Vee gift card for families to use later. With help from community leaders and city staff in Columbus Junction, LULAC identified families that could benefit most from the groceries.
After Hy-Vee employees packed the food bags and helped load them up, LULAC Muscatine volunteers then delivered the groceries to Columbus Junction city hall. Once unloaded, the families LULAC identified came, picked them up, and took them home quickly and safely. LULAC Muscatine’s efforts work in tandem with LULAC’s statewide food delivery efforts. This program brings food to families in need in many communities throughout Iowa, including Columbus Junction, on a weekly basis.
LULAC State Director and Muscatine resident Nick Salazar, helped make the delivery to Columbus Junction. He shared that families who received the food benefited from it greatly and appreciated the show of support. “Families were already there picking up the groceries as we were dropping them off and they were relieved to see that they were not alone during this crisis,” he said. “It was also inspiring to see the Muscatine community come together with LULAC to help their neighbors in a time of need,” Salazar added.
LULAC Muscatine leads many community projects each year and always welcomes new members and volunteers. To learn more about their work and to get involved, Salazar encourages you to visit http://lulac.org/ for information on local and state activities or to email [email protected] with any questions.