The freezers at the Messiah Food Pantry/Jordan River Food Bank are stuffed to the brim. Yesterday, Iowa Select Farms dropped off 20 cases or three deep frezzes full of fresh-cut pork loin as part of their annual Haul-Out-Hunger. Now, it’s because of generous donations like this, and a strong-supportive community, Pastor Debra Lincoln says she’s grateful towards the community.
Lincoln added the Iowa Select Farms donation helps lift a major financial burden. “It helps us out tremendously financially. We order meat and pay for it at a reduced rate, but this comes to us free and their kindness is overwhelming.”
The donation is a two months supply for meat for individuals. The food bank serves all of Floyd County, which is 700 families, and 300 are regular visitors.
One of the struggles of food banks is keeping it financially stable. Lincoln says the community usually helps donate 60 thousand dollars per year. It’s donations like this one and a generous community that allows the doors to stay open.
“It touches my heart when you see something like that. Many counties don’t have that,” Lincoln says.