Farm Credit Services Commits $25,000 Matching Gift to Food Bank of Iowa

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The donation campaign encourages participation in the Food Bank’s monthly giving program

Des Moines, IA (May 21, 2020) – For organizations like Food Bank of Iowa, monthly donations are incredibly important to keep operations running—especially in challenging times like those created by COVID-19. To help multiply monthly giving, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) has announced a $25,000 matching donation to the hunger-fighting organization.

FCSAmerica recognizes the importance of monthly donations and is helping multiply the impact when new donors create recurring donations. Through this partnership, FCSAmerica will donate $100 for every donor who signs up to give a donation of $10 or more each month. At Food Bank of Iowa, monthly donors are inducted into the Meal Makers Society for their efforts to help create a hunger-free Iowa.

“As a financial cooperative serving farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, FCSAmerica views food security as part of our mission to support and strengthen the communities we serve,” said Mark Jensen, CEO and president of FCSAmerica. “We are increasing our giving to food banks in recognition that COVID-19 has both health and financial implications that require all of us to work together for the good of our neighbors, families and communities.”

The need for resources continues to grow in light of COVID-19 as everyone—including children, seniors and increasingly vulnerable populations—find themselves struggling to find safe access to the nutrition and resources they need. Food Bank of Iowa saw record distribution numbers in the month of April and anticipates the need will continue to grow.

“This generous matching gift opportunity from Farm Credit Services of America will provide sustainable support to overcome what lies ahead with COVID-19,” said Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa president and CEO. “We know the effects of this crisis will be felt for a long time. Generous gifts such as this provide us the endurance to keep fighting hunger and help our most vulnerable Iowans in need. We couldn’t do our work without the support from our caring communities.”

People searching for food assistance or those interested in joining the Meal Makers Society may find up to date information on Food Bank of Iowa’s website at www.foodbankiowa.org.

About Food Bank of Iowa

Food Bank of Iowa Food Bank of Iowa provides more than a million pounds of food each month to help food insecure Iowans in 55 counties. Through key relationships with corporations, the Department of Agriculture and Feeding America, Food Bank of Iowa sources free and reduced-cost nutritious food, including meat and produce. The Food Bank keeps the food safe and delivers it to more than 600 community partner agencies—including schools, pantries, shelters, daycares and halfway homes—who distribute the food to seniors, children, veterans and hard-working parents who need food assistance across the organization’s 30,000 square mile service area.

To learn more, visit www.foodbankiowa.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foodbankiowa.

About Farm Credit Services of America

Farm Credit Services of America is a customer-owned financial cooperative proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With more than $31.2 billion in assets and $5.9 billion in members’ equity, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at www.fcsamerica.com.  

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