Newly established Muscatine County Food Support Fund

MUSCATINE, Iowa–In order to address food insecurity in Muscatine County and surrounding areas, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine established a new fund. The Muscatine County Food Support Fund allows for the sharing and leveraging of funds among food serving and food distributing agencies in the area to better meet the needs of the community.

MCSA Resource Development Officer Jenny Leirness states: “the creation of this shared fund really opens doors for the collective group effort of addressing food insecurity in our area. In 2020 so far, the MCSA Food Pantry has experienced nearly 7,000 visits, and this is only a portion of the need. This a step in the right direction for ending food insecurity in our area. We are so appreciative of the quick work from the Community Foundation with getting this up and running before the holidays!” 

Meals on Wheels Coordinator for Senior Resources Teri Piazza states :“Senior Resources mission is to provide meals to seniors who can no longer provide a healthy meal for themselves, and sometimes that is provided at little to no cost for a senior in need. This collaboration will assist the Meals on Wheels program, as well as our partners in the community, as we work to alleviate food insecurity.” 

Community Foundation Executive Director Charla Schafer adds: “The Community Foundation is pleased to support the county-wide food pantries as they increase collaboration and efficiency in meeting the needs of our neighbors that experience food insecurity through the Muscatine County Food Support Fund. Donations may be made by mail to the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, in person, or online. Gifts of complex assets can also be accepted, including stock, IRA, land, real estate, or grain transfers. Together our community is stronger. Together our children will not go hungry.” 

You may contribute to the fund by simply visiting: https://cfgm.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1792

Direct questions about the fund to the Community Foundation at 563-264-3863.